Hello everyone. Let me start off by saying if this is not the right place to ask maybe the admin's can place it where it belongs.
I am very new to guns in general. I have fired some different guns but not enough kinds or times to know much of anything about anything.
I am looking at buying my first rifle and have at least narrowed down my caliber choice to .308 or .243. I did sign up for the latest Savage Arms giveaway though
I have used the search function here and on the net in general to try and find opinions about these two choices, but most of what I can find is geared towards more experienced shooters, or at least folks that have more experience with guns than I do.
So I am asking the forum folks here for the pro's and cons of these two choices. Things like usability and costs (long and short term),availability of ammunition and costs, and anything else that you all can think of. You will probably have to dumb down your answers because I know next to nothing. I would like to maybe just buy one rifle, learn it, and then use it, even though anyone I have talked to says that mentality will change once I get started shooting.
My main uses of this will be target shooting to start. I think I should get comfortable with a gun first and learn it before using it for any kind of hunting. When I get better with it then I'll start hunting with my brothers. It is nice that I have access to an old quarry on one brothers land that gives me at least 100-150 yards of clear space to practice in.
The "one gun" idea is what has made this caliber choice difficult. Both are good for what I want to do, but I though I had read that the .243 is a bit light for deer. That is what I would be hunting with my brothers, smaller game when I am on my own. Someday I would love to move up to larger game, but let's be realistic. One step at a time.
OK, now that I have rambled on, any advice you all can give me would be greatly appreciated.