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I overheard momma is going to buy me a new rifle for Christmas. I have pistols, AR's, SKS's and all versions of 22's. I do have a family heirloom 30:06 bolt action.

Disregarding commonality of parts and ammo, to add a new rifle,bolt action, what caliber would you add?

Specifically for range and knockdown for deer and upwards.

I don't have much choice but I can influence small hints regarding caliber without giving it away.

Thanks!
 

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.30-06 is a real common deer rifle right around here. An entire region of hunters can't be wrong. :)
 

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'06 If you've already got one, you've got ammo too.
 

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.338 Lapua would be fun. Lots of people have a hard on for the 6.5mm Grendel. People also like the 6.8mm. .50 BMG makes for a fun hobby although it would probably blow a deer to pieces.

I'd say a .308 would be nice. Can't go wrong with an M1A. A FAL would be nice too.
 

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Even after more than one hundred years of existence, the venerable 30-06 still reigns as one of the finest all around big game cartridges for use on the North American continent. That being said, I find the 308, (7.62x51mm) a fine cartridge. It does not have the recoil that the 30-06 does, and it is more than adequate for deer size creatures. It is also available in many different bullet weights which can be used in a variety of situations.
 
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