Currently, I have a Remington 742 in .30-06, but I'm looking into getting a "new" rifle, primarily for whitetails at this point, but the possibility of hogs or elk exists in the future. I'm looking for a Browning BAR, and found one on 7mm (Mag, I think; I'll have to go check it out closer). The problem is there are too many options and opinions! I've taken a few deer with the 30-06, once with 180gr and once with 168gr, both Winchester ballistic silvertips. The opinions out there are all over the place; some say the difference between the 7mm Mag and 30-06 is minimal, others say you'll shred more meat with the 7mm than 30-06. Looking at reloading data for the 7mm and 30-06, it appears as if the 7mm can be loaded down in a range similar to the '06. I'm sure either will work for deer, but I'd prefer to be able to take them quickly (humanely) with the least damaged meat at ranges of 50yds out to maybe 250yds, and most importantly, I'd like the rifle and/or cartridge to be accurate (more so than the 742).
If it matters, I am most likely to hunt in middle or eastern TN, but may hunt near home in MO at some point.
Thanks for any input.