Hi guys, Got a couple dollars in my pocket from working overtime and some freelance client jobs (I do design and web strategy work), so I'm finally at a point from where I can start to seriously look at picking up a used bolt gun. I'm in no hurry and am happy to wait to buy the exact gun I want, rather than compromising on something I might not be happy with a couple months down the line. At this point, I've narrowed down my options to a stainless/synthetic setup. I'd prefer a Ruger M77 MkII, but would consider a Remington 700, too. But the big question for me now is caliber: .308 Win and .270 Win? The .30-06 has a huge, huge following for good reason, and the 7mm Mag seems pretty damn appealing (seems like a damn canon), but those aren't in the running for the time being. I'm a big guy, so the recoil isn't an issue, but the cost and possible overkill is what is steering me away from the 7mm Mag. I'd like to find something that I can use as something of a general purpose rifle as I get into hunting around Oregon. Deer and elk, I'd figure mostly, if not the occasional coyote varmitting, but I'd like my caliber to handle bear and mt. lion if I choose. Being so late to hunting / guns in general, I feel it'd probably be smart for me to get a single gun and get really comfortable with it. I'm not reloading, and cost is a factor. How much more expensive is the .270 cartridges? Prohibitively? I like the idea of it shooting flatter... So. .270 Win or .308 Win? They seem to be pretty similar, so I'm having a hard time sorting out which to go with.