Hi guys. I am looking in to buying my first bolt action hunting rifle and am not sure which caliber to get. First, things I would use it for, hunting and most of time, practice for long range shots like 5-600 yrds. Animals I could see myself hunting, Deer maybe an elk someday. Mostly I just want to learn to distance shooting. I thought I wanted a Remington 700 or a Howa in .308 but now I am considering a 30.06, 300 WSM or 300 Win Mag as well. I am a little concerned with recoil taking the desire out of shooting the rife, I have shot 30.06 in a savage with synthetic (didn't like it much but wasn't bad), I have shot a 300WSM which wasn't bad had more of a push then painful crack on the shoulder but I have never shot .308 or 300 Win Mag. The 300 Win Mag I'm looking at is the Rem 700 Stainless in synthetic but I am concerned it will take my arm off, lol. Looking here for opinions on well rounded caliber that would a be a good started for my intended use! :thumbup: All opinions and thought appreciated!