Re: Need help doing my Homework
As much as I hate to interrupt the 30-06athon, you might consider the 280Remington, especially if you reload.
Its got the shoulder moved a bit further forward than the 30-06, and gets essentially the same velocity with the same weight bullets, but those bullets will almost always have higher ballistic coefficents (in this case yielding less wind drift, and flatter trajectory)and will have higher Sectional Density (improving penetration for bullets with like construction). If you are buying an off the shelf rifle, the 280 would be a great choice. Even better would be to have your gunsmith ream it out to 280Ackley after you buy it. You can use that same brass, and same factory loads, and on reloading you will gain about 100-150fps.
A 280Ackley throwing 140grAccubonds for little"deer" and 160s for big "deer" would make a sweet shooting deer rifle that would let you get out there a long way. Lots of good 7mm match bullets that this combo would do well with for those really long shots when you are ready for them.