Hello - I know these topics are largely subjective, but as a new hunter, just getting the bug I am curious about a couple of things.
I am not currently planning a trip to Alaska but I have been looking for a best 'all around' hunting gun - one that is not so powerful it will break a whitetail in half, but likewise is sane for large game like bear, elk and even buffalo.
Is there any such cartridge? I've heard 45-70 can be handloaded to almost any of it, but its distance-limited, but I'd welcome oppinions on that caliber and any others that can harvest 'all of North America'.
I'm sure this is a firestorm so sorry for the obvious newbie question =)
EDIT - I should mention that I am in Md, and that I will be largely hunting whitetail to start and eventually doing the jedi-mind trick on the wifey to get out west and north to hunt some more exotic critters =)