Originally Posted by Karl.Luhr
I always suggest the 30-06 to anyone looking for a Deer rifle. The choice is one that almost anyone can handle without being scared to pull the trigger. I also really like the ease of reloading them. If you load standard pressure loads the brass lasts for multiple >10 reloads. Also the reloading components are easy to find.
Likewise the .308 which has so much in common with the .30-06, but can fit a shorter action and thus lighter rifle without the turn-me-off-to-shooting punishing effects of a .30-06 in a similarily light rifle. Unless you use the reduced/managed recoil loads (and then what's the point?). I find that how much gear (and how heavy) we make the new hunter carry is a big turn off to hunting at times.