I've a single bolt action rifle at the moment, and really, my next purchase needs to be a handgun (CZ-75 SP01, specifically). That's all well and good, but while I was out of state for Christmas, I got my interest piqued about another long gun when I happened across one of the new Browning BLRs. Well, crap. This gun simply fascinates me (first time that's happened since getting into hunting and firearms this year), and after doing some reading online about lever actions and the BLRs in particular, I'm thinking real, real hard about putting my pennies together later in the year. However, I wanted to get the ball rolling here, first. For an all-weather, traipsing around the woods gun, I'd go with a stainless/laminate setup and likely throw a 2-7x or maybe even fixed power optic up top. I'm only considering short action, but would like this to be a good all-around caliber (jack of all trades, master of none sure). .308: My first choice, at the moment. Got the lingering SHTF worries, and milsurp seems like an added bonus (though my gut says the only ammo to be found if that ever happens is what you've personally got). 7mm-08: Seen this described as either better across the board than the .308 or completely worse. Could use some feedback here. Seems great for deer and smaller (don't want to go take out some yotes with the buddies with my 7 mag!), but have concerns about the elk or bear. Would be a good setup if I ever move into reloading with the 7mm caliber. A WSM of some sort: My first reaction would be a .270 WSM - this would ensure my piece of mind regarding elk, but it would blow coyotes to kingdom come. Ammo costs and availability would be prohibitive, too? The short mags are a distant third, but I wanted to cover my bases.