My wife told me that she is ready to deer hunt. So I need a rifle for her. First I am looking for caliber options then make and model. So for now caliber. She likes to shoot my 25-06 at the range, but I fear it may be a little long for her (5'4") to carry around all day, and then be expected to hold shooting in standing position. So I was thinking something shorter action, defiantly shorter barrel. When I was a kid I shot 243, but I am a believer in the smaller the rifle the more skill the shooter needs. That got me thinking 308. That is where I am now. Anything good or bad, about the 308 for a beginning hunter? Any other suggested calibers? By the way.... YaHoooo! I just got a hunting partner for life Yo! I am stoked!!!