.308 It will drop anything in the lower 48 and most anywhere else and it has relatively mild recoil for such a potent round. .308 is basically the do it all round for rifle. You can get a nice Savage for around 500 bucks and the rounds are about 50 to 60 cents if you buy 100. Accuracy is incredible.So I'll be the first to admit I know crap about rifles (although I have three shottys & two .22's). That being said, I would like to pick up something that I can do some long distance target practicing with and has enough punch to easily send Bambi's mother to the afterlife. Reliability and accuracy is a must. I would prefer to not have to shell out $2 per round and would like to keep the cost of the rifle reasonable (IMO $1K for a rifle is a waste of money although I wouldn't give a second thought to dropping that on a good 1911. Some priorities eh?). Last issue, recoil. I severely dislocated my shoulder a couple years ago and although I highly doubt it but there is the slim possibility that a very strong recoil could re-dislocate it. Or could that be resolved with a butt pad?
And before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, this is being posted to multiple forums so I can get a general consensus.