i have recently began looking into hunting and stumbled across this site while researching on the web. seems that everybody here is very friendly and has lots of useful advice to offer.
my question is, as a beginning hunter, what would be a good rifle/caliber to look at that is both versatile and wont kill my bank account. i live in northern CA and am most interested in hunting pig, and possibly deer. from researching the web, it looks like a .308 or 30-06 are very popular and versatile calibers. both seem to be offered in a lot of different makes and models as well.
although i'm new to hunting, i am not new to shooting. i'm fairly proficient with a handgun and shotgun, and have a little rifle experience. i'm decent sized and have shot 12-guage rifled slugs plenty of times, so i'm not all that worried about a caliber that has a bit of recoil to it. i'm more concerned with getting the right rifle that will cover both short and long shots, and game from 50-300 plus pounds.
i enjoy reading the posts on here and have noted that there seems to be a lot of experience on this board, and that most people on here are pretty helpful when it comes to "newbies" or the basic questions. i'd appreciate any help or advice that i could get.