Hoping to pick some people's brains here...
Right now I've been shooting a 30-30 for deer and am planning on scooting up to a bigger caliber for hunting deer, elk, caribou, etc in the future. I'm looking for a solid, versatile all-around gun that I can use as the "good 'ol standby" for several years.
I've been looking at the Remington 700 series (XCRs pref) in 30-06 and 7mm....I'm about 5'7'' and a sturdy girl and am used to the recoils produced by 12ga shotguns and the 30-30.
I'm personally leaning towards the 30-06 because of the capability to successfully take larger game (besides the Sitka BT's here)...but now the 7mm and 7mm-08's are getting my attention. I'm not opposed to a recoil, I just don't want to get so much recoil on this new, larger rifle for myself that I start to do the 'flinch' before I pull my shot off.
My question to ya'll is; what would you recommend? Pros/cons of each? I'm trying to get this hammered out before the end of this week - ANY help of any kind would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.