So there's the .22 for my boys thread... the wood or synthetic thread... the I want to hunt thread... And it's coming down to the wire here. I expect to be buying the rifle in the next week or two, depending how fast the IRS gets me my refund. I've spent countless hours scouring hunting forums, articles, auction sites and manufacturer's websites, Bud's, Davidson's, and on and on ad nauseum. I had it narrowed down to a Savage or Weatherby and thought I'd be going Savage. But I went to Sportsmans Warehouse on my lunch hour today and stumbled on a good deal on the Weatherby Vanguard available in several calibers, with a pretty respectable Vortex scope for a very reasonable price. The calibers available that I'm interested in are .270 WIN, .257 WBY, 30-06, 7mm REM, 300 WBY, and .270 WBY. The gun will be used to hunt deer and target shooting. In Arizona, coues deer live in very rugged terrain and long shots are often needed - so I am told and have seen on TV - , but they are small as far as deer go, only 90-100 lbs. Eventually I do see myself going after mule deer and elk, hell maybe even black bear someday. I've read that you can take an elk with either of the .270's, and even with the .257. Since I'm inexperienced with shooting rifles it seems like anything starting with 300 might be overkill and just ingrain bad habits and get me flinching. I wonder about the velocity and trajectory of 30-06 for long shots, but there is no shortage of guys who say stuff like "just get a 30-06 and be done with it". And finally, something about the Weatherby calibers is seductive to me, especially if you're shooting a Weatherby rifle, so that pushes me toward the .257 and .270 WBY. I will start hand-loading it eventually so ammo cost is only a marginal consideration at best. But obviously I'm still in the decision making mode, that is until I get the money. So one last time... if you were me, what would you choose?