I am a very big fan of compact rifles and way prefer 20-22" barreled rifles to ones with 24 or 26" tubes. Given the choice I'd take a short rifle over a long one most every time. Because of this I have become interested in short magnum chamberings because they typically do not need the longer tubes that their long action counterparts require.
I have been doing a good bit of reading on the newer RCM chamberings. Pretty neat concept to my eye. The new Marlin lever action chamberings (.308ME & .338ME) along with the .338 Fed and those two Rugers seem like some very interesting concepts.
Does it make any difference to you how long a barrel is?