I've had the following experience at multiple gun shops over the past couple months and it has me frosted. me: Hi there, I'm looking for a Savage Model 12 Low Profile Varmint (insert your rifle of choice) employee: What caliber would you be looking for? me: .243 employee: we have a Remington 700 in .243 It seems to me most gun shop employees are more worried about selling you a gun off the shelf that day than helping you find what you actually looking for. I think this problem is probably helped along by guys walking into gun shops and buying the first thing someone puts in their hands. If you're going to invest in a new firearm, do the research at home first, find a model or two that seems to fit what you want then go out and find one at your local shop to shoulder. While caliber is important, I would argue that the specific model is almost more important in whether or not you will be successful with your new firearm. Your shop can order you a rifle, while you will have to wait, its a better option than walking out that day with something that won't fit you or do what you want it to.