I've been pondering getting an all around, good for any critter carbine. I plan on using the gun for anything that walks, crawls, or slithers here in the Great State as well as for deer, elk and bear in Idaho. I plan on limiting my shots to 150 yds whereas 50 or less is the norm. I want to go with a 19 or 20" barrel in a ruger all weather, I think a bolt gun is the way to go for this project. I am going to go scopeless and am thinking of a full buckhorn rear and a red fiber optic out front. I am not totally decided on caliber yet. I have considered the 338 w.m., the 350 r.m., and the 338-06. I do not handload at this time and want to stay away from custom calibers for this reason and expense. This would probably elimanate the 338-06. Any thoughts on this project would be greatly appreciated.