Hey - I'm new to this forum and I'm sure this topic has been discussed ad naseum but I couldn't find anything in the archvies. I am looking to purchase a hunting rifle (my only) this year. I hunt in Colorado for Mule Deer and Elk and plan on hunting for Antelope, goat, sheep, and someday Moose. Mulies and Elk are the sweet spot with Elk being the primary objective.
In the past I've used a borrowed .270 and liked it fine I just don't think it's enough to make those 400yd cross-canyon shots. I will have the opportunity to shoot a Winchester 70 .300 in the coming weeks but I won't have the ability to test others. I know there is no such thing as the perfect all around hunting rifle but I need to get close - at least for the nest few years - as I don't have the budget to buy multiple hunting rifles. Keep in mind that I hunt in wide open spaces where long shorts are the norm.
Based on my research I'm looking at a 7mm, .300 Mag, or .300 WSM. Most likely in a Remington or Ruger. Lately the Browning with BOSS has crept into contention as well. My biggest concern is recoil and walking around with too much gun. Conversely, I don't ever want the situation to leave me out gunned.
Any comments or concerns on the best caliber suited for my hunting scenarios would be greatly appreciated. Any thoughts on the Remington vs. Ruger debate are welcome as well.
Many thanks to any and all replies.