It's all about your needs. If you are gearing more to shot gunning and can't afford to purchase a shot gun then do what you have to do. Down the road you might even up-grade when you need a rifle again. The thing is, a shot gun with a rifled barrel will take deer out to 100 yds so really you can have to guns in one.
[QUOTE=fried 23;74698]If you don't have a cash flow problem I would hang on to the 7-08, It is probably the most versitile rifle on the market. You can hunt anything from moose to mice. Ha Ha. Seriously it is a great rifle and if you ever decide to go hunting you won't regret having it. Just a personal opinion
These two guys have said it all!