Originally Posted by Msax80
Is 30-06 a caliber I could stick with or would that be something to change?
If I should change I am assuming I would have to stick with long action. What long action calibers would be good? (I would have to change barrel and bolt face, anything else?)
30-06 is a good choice. There is lots of factory ammo available and if you reload lots of bullet and brass choices.
Having a long-action would be most versatile. If you were to change barrels to a short-action cartridge, you can still shoot the cartridge in a long-action whereas you would have a very hard time shooting a long-action cartridge in a short-action rifle.
A previous post on getting good optics is also great advice. The old adage of buy-once, cry-once applies here.