I don't really know what's drawing me into the long range shooting/hunting but it seems like it would be fun and challenging. I've read a ton of threads here about caliber selection and thought about what type of yardages we shoot and the type of game we have here in New Hampshire, and decided to go with a 7mm Rem Mag. No matter what caliber thread I read it seemed to always end with a divide of people with half saying it's great and half saying it's not big enough, and there was always a handful of guys steering new people to start with a .30-06. I found a sweet deal on a "used" Remington 700 ADL (that I think is unfired)for under $400 out the door. It was a package gun with the Remington branded scope/rings/bases, don't worry I already traded them off for a box of ammo! So, I have this very nice rifle and also had a new Leupold set of medium rings and Leupold 2 piece bases. Not optimal I know, but I'm $50 ahead of the game I guess, plus this is my rig to learn on. I'm looking at picking up a nice Nikon Buckmaster or Leupold VX2 to get started. I don't have much for a scope budget, and quite frankly around here the longest ranges we have access to are a couple gun clubs with 600 yard rifle ranges. I really doubt you would find a place in New Hampshire to fire a shot longer than 200-300 yards except for a dedicated rifle range. I've had a Ruger 77 in .30-06 before that I did some hunting and target shooting with. With this 7mm, should I expect a huge jump in recoil? I've read varying reports here, some saying it's identical to a .30-06, some saying it's far more aggressive, just wondering what to expect. Thanks for having me here. Any other New Hampshire guys here?