Way to go txhillbilly, dont let those 308 guys fill some poor guys head with bull. I like the 30.06 got two. A remington 700, and a remington 1903 A3. Since the man already sounds like a remington man, I think he should stick with what he knows and get a remington 700 in the caliber he likes for long range, I my self for long range and I mean looooong range go with the 6.5x55 swedish, But I think a remington 700 in 223 would be an affordable target shooter.
This is my remington 700 in 30.06