I am looking to pick up a new rifle for large game. I currently have a .270 win so I would use that for all game deer size and smaller. Since I already have the .270 I feel that getting a 30-06 would not be the best choice because it is not that much of a step up in size and ballistics. I am a pretty big guy so weight of the rifle and recoil arent a giant factor, meaning I would be willing to sacrifice those for a rifle that will suit all of my needs. The biggest factor for me is effectiveness, accuracy, and reliability. I want a rifle that is a tack driver, that will shoot well out to 350 plus yards.
I am about to graduate from dental school so my opportunities to hunt and travel will be opening up in a few years. I want a rifle that will be able to handle all N. American and some african big game elk size and larger. My primary use for this rifle will be elk, but I plan within the next 6 or 7 years to hunt caribou, moose, brown bear, bighorn sheep, (I would also like to take a trip to africa and take a cape buffalo and a maybe some of the other african game that I am not yet familiar with).
Am I asking to much from one rifle? My wife says I already have enough guns, so I would like to find ONE that will do it all with accuracy and reliability. I am open to any suggestions. This is not a purchase I plan on making today, next week or even next month, but I will be getting this rifle before next years rifle elk season. I know that there are many options out there, and I am not familiar with all of them, If you have any personal opinions I would greatly appreciate it.