Originally Posted by Apex-Predator
You don't need a 30-06 for deer hunting, while it is not a bad choice it is certainly more then you need and the recoil might be more then you can comfortably handle if you are new to high powered rifles.
243, 270, 7mm-08 or even the 308 is a better choice for a newbie.
I hardly hunt with my 30-06 anymore, deer around here are just too small a high powered 30 cal tends to blow them to bits.
Good advice. Unless the deer in your area are huge, or you plan to hunt larger game later, I would go with something like a 7mm-08. Very effective for it's size, less recoil than an '06, and will kill any deer that ever lived. I have used the '06 and larger calibers, but now days have used a compact .308 for deer, elk, antelope, black bear, moose and bighorn. A friend killed a rather large bison with his .308. Only if I were to draw a grizzly tag would I feel the need for something larger. Unless you get into the heavier .30 cal. bullets, 180 grain and above, the .308 is pretty dang close to the ballistics of an '06, and has the advantage of being available in handier, shorter bolt throw rifles. If I lived where their were just deer, hogs and the occasional black bear, the 7mm-08 would do me just fine. I also agree with the others as far as the Remington 770 being junk. Spend a little more and get a used Rem. 700 or a Savage, Weatherby Vanguard, etc.