I have had a Sako 25-06 and Loved it!! I still kick myself for letting a friend talk me out of it. But I understand that ammo is getting expensive for it and hard to find. You could neck down 270 if you reload or one of the other 06 variants but if the price of the gun is an issue then so will the ammo. I plan on getting a 7.62x39 Ruger Ranch even though I don't need it just because its so cheap to shoot! You got to be able to afford to practice with whatever you decide on. Anything you can do with a 30-30 you can do with 7.62x39 only 50 to 100 yds farther.