Need a new hobby and after going out with a few people, learning the basics, seems like something I would enjoy. My only rifle experience (use and maintenance) is with the semi auto M14 (I’m retired Navy, and up to 1999, that was the standard issue on Destroyers) which I was fairly proficient with. Now for the questions:
1. Is the Springfield Armory M1A a “valid” hunting rifle, or do experienced hunters consider this an “urban commando” weapon?
2. Is the 308 Winchester cartridge too much for deer? Not enough for Elk?
3. In the very off chance a grizzly (North Western Washington) decides I’d make a good snack, will a 308 Winchester bring it down, or piss it off? I understand shot placement, but I also understand shooting under duress at something you aren’t hunting that pops up out of nowhere.