I've always been a shotgun guy and never got to involved with rifles. Had some rimfires over the years and currently own a Savage markII in .22 LR and a lever action Marlin in .22 mag. Both are scoped and really great guns. I also have a Mosin Nagant which I bought for next to nothing. Anyways I've been researching centerfire rifles for quite awhile and decided on a Marlin XS7 in .243 to meet some of my needs. It's the next rifle Im having trouble with. The .243 will be used for target, varmint, and deer. My deer hunting at an extreme are shots no farther then 150 yards. The .243 should do the job. The next rifle will also be used for target shooting and heavier game at greater distances. So far I've come with the traditional .30/06, 7mm Rem mag, 7mm 08, and the .300 win mag. as possible calibres. It would be used for Black Bear, Whitetail, and I'd like to try Antelope and Bison too. Most of the time it would be used for punching hole in small objects far away. Unless I win the lottery these two rifles will have to do it all for me for a long time. Terminal ballistics and accuracy are everything. Recoil is not an issue for me. I will be ordering the .243 in a week or two and then I can start saving for the other gun. Any suggestions would be appreciated.