Well, that rifle my friend said he was going to set me up with, apparently won't be happening now. When he told me about it, I didn't realize he had already listed it in an auction. He said not to worry, that he would do the bidding on my behalf and he should be able to get it for between $400-$500. I haven't heard back from him since the auction so, I can only assume someone bid far more than $500 for the rifle. I told him not to go beyond $500. The only other options I have are Pawn Shops, Cabela's and a few other Gun Shops about 70 miles away to go look for a rifle to buy. I was looking on the internet and found a site which offers easy selection of criteria, then they list all matches. Then when you select a model, they offer the option to find a dealer near you where you can purchase that particular firearm. You may already be familiar with it but, it is Lipsey's - Wholesale Firearms Distributor - Exclusive Firearms - Handguns, Shotguns, Rifles, Accessories They really offer an easy to use interface which allows you to select from each category of Manufacturers, Product Families, Models, Calibers/Guages, Actions, Finishes & Stocks/Frames. While I am new to all this, one question I have is: would it be smart to buy a rifle which can use the Nato rounds? 5.56×45mm & 7.62×51mm ? While my main interest is hunting deer & elk, would it be wise to buy a rifle that uses these rounds? Can you hunt elk with a .223 Remington cartridge ? Can you hunt elk with a .308 Winchester cartridge ? If I am going to go to the store and buy a brand new rifle, I might as well get the best all around rifle. Any thoughts on which way I should go? Remember, due to medical conditions, I am a recoil-sensitive individual. I know there are products which can assist recoil-sensitive individuals, such as shoulder pads etc. Any one particular rifle you would suggest? Keep in mind, I live on SSDI so, money is a factor in what I can afford to buy.