Re: Im new and in need of Advice.
I've harvested dozens of animals with the 7mm Rem Mag and it is a fine cartridge. The 30-06 is also a great round that although is a bit smaller than the 7mm, it has some benefits like tons of ammo available etc.
But, there are better cartridges out there for an all around rifle. If I had your dilemna, I'd get a Savage Model 11FCNS in 300WSM. Especially if I reloaded. If you don't reload, the 30-06 is very hard to beat.
The 300WSM is more efficient than the 30-06, it is equal if not better from an energy perspective than the 7mm Rem Mag. It is a short action, which makes the rifle a little shorter/lighter.
The model 11fcns has a box magazine and the Accutrigger. You will also have a great platform to build upon in the future if you wear the barrel out, or just want to experiment with other calibers. (you can change the barrel's on a Savage with only minimal effort and a couple cheap hand tools).
If some is good and more is better, then too much is just right.
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