I just went on my first deer hunt last weekend and am looking to get a new gun. I stumbled upon this site and was really impressed with the content and knowledge of the people here. Anyway, I live Louisiana and long range shots do not present themselves very often but I love long range shooting. Am I wrong in assuming that most long range guns can be used effectively for shortrange also? Also can anyone reccomend a good beginer gun for deer hunting and random varmits. Thanks In advance.