First off, I read the top sticky thread, a great piece of work, thank you for that. Then have read another 50 threads, but of course, now just more confused. I have a SW MP15-22, which is great fun to hit paper with and cheap as well. I want to move up, and was thinking about a real AR .223, but I want something that I can hunt deer (in the NE, so they are not those 80 lb things I see down south, a .223 is not enough) and of course zombies on 12/21/12;-) Also, want the ammo to be inexpensive, since I spend more time shooting paper than living or living dead things, and didn't want too much recoil as I have a bad nerve in my arm. I want something very accurate out a few hundred yds, not too much $ as I need the $ for bullets and of course the AR later on. My first step is to choose a caliber, and hoping some of the expert help here can throw their 2 cents in. Thought of an AR 10, but can't find those without breaking the bank. However, it seems that this might be the total solution to the problem; having an AR for AR needs, and large enough caliber for food and zombies? Thanks.