Hey ya'll! I've been eyeing a new caliber to join my limited rifle arsenal. I've got a .223 and a .243. Before ya'll laugh, I grew up in a part of Texas where shots were typically less than 200 yards, meaning the .243 did everything I needed it too. The .223 was for varmits, and we all can agree, I'd think, that's it is adequate for that. I played with a .300 mag for a year, way to big for deer, IMHO (TExas deer, west texas deer, not too big). Got rid of the 300, and now, I live in a part of the world where a heavier caliber might be more handy. I'd looking into the opportunity to try to do a little elk hunting, and maybe black bear. I need a caliber to accomplish this with. I've looked at ballistics on the 7 mag, looks impressive. That's my low end caliber, i suppose. While it'd be fun to have a .338 win mag or something, I wonder if that'd be overkill. Of course there's the mighty 30/06, which can do about anything as well. I'm looking for something I could load down to shoot a whitetail if the country I shoot deer in changes from Texas to elsewhere. Anybody got a dream caliber out there? I'm not swayed one way or the other yet. Gathering info. Let the opines begin.