Greetings All New here, been lurking a few days. I have several questions and didnt really know where to post so I decidedto post them all here. First of all I must say I'm very impressed with some of you guys and your knowledge of subject and obvious dedication to your sport. Untill I ran across this site I had never given much thought to longrange shooting, much less longrange hunting. Your skills are very admirable.(Enough smoochin) I may be starting a little late in the game,but I sure would like to play with you guys. I'm 45 years old, and have been hunting most of those years. My hunting began as an unquenchable desire and over the years has only gotten worse. My true obsession is the whitetail. I think my neck even swells a little every fall. But anyway, as far as my shooting skills are concerned I'm an average shooter at best. I shoot enough to maintain my zeros. I'm comfortable at 200yds and have never really tried to reach out any further. I group 3 shots in 2" at 200. I realize this is no great feat, but it is certainly adequate for my purpose. Herein,lies the basis for my post. I feel I would like to step up to the challenge of longrange hunting. I have 3 rifles that I hunt with, a win. mod. 70 featherweight in 30-06,a rem.mod.7 in .308 and a husquvarna in 6.5x55. As I stated they all shoot very adequately. I should say I shoot them adequately. I'm sure they are capable of more than I have done with them. Of these 3, my favorite is the .308 followed by the 6.5 and the '06. I really like the way the mod.7 feels. I've noticed that the .308 is mentioned quite often on this site and the 6.5x55 and the '06 are rarely mentioned. Why? I personally feel that a fine piece of dark walnut with an eggshell finish is truly a work of art. I see from other posts that most of you lean toward the composites. Is there no place in this sport for wood? And lastly, of the 3 rifles I mentioned above,which would you suggest for a base to begin my lonerange shooting and hunting. I thank you for your time and look forward to any replies.