1st post, sorry if this has been asked before. I did a quick search but nothing came up readily. 1st Great site. I passed it by a few times as I thought it was more geared towards hunting. Once I lurked for a while I found the info quite informative. (brief overview you can skip directly to ? if you want) I started like many with pistols. As I became more active at my club the friendly membership (you know the guys) hang around together, know a ton about shooting, and are always willing to drag a guy into their respective shooting sport have forced me to take up clays. Like sharks smelling blood in the water the rest see an easy mark (I admit I am) and convince you that what you really need to do is shoot pins, plate. Then the long range / bench shooters start in and before you know it you are completely corrupted. Questions Sections: So long range guys currently have their fangs in me. A couple years ago I purchased a AR-30 in 300WM. After reading some of the post here and the thread on budget rifles I noted the idea of a companion caliber (my verbiage). So what is a caliber that behaves similarly to 300WM but a shorter distances? The club I attend regularly only has a 200yd range. While I have no problem shooting there I would like something to practice with that is cheaper to shoot and does not have quite the bark (for surrounding shooters) that the 300WM has with the brake. From what I read I am probably going to go with a Savage (seems preferred here and I have a BTVSS in .22 I am very fond of). The question would be is there a benefit to stainless vs. blued steel actions aside from the obvious?