I have been offered the chance to go deer hunting in MO this season with my woman's father and her two brothers. AWESOME! Now, on to the fun news. I've only ever chased after rabbits, squirrels, and quail. All were with 12 or 20 gauge, or a .22. I'll be using a mil-surp rifle from her dad (he's got more rifles than you can shake a stick at) I believe I'll be using a 7mm, but he also has several .308 with some glass on them. Several scattered questions for you all..... What is the recoil of a 7mm as compared to a 12-gauge slug? What is the recoil of a .308 as compared to a 12-gauge slug? (I will have a chance to get used to the gun before we go hunting, just want to have an idea of what to expect before I pull the trigger) Any suggestions you can offer a 1st time deer hunter? Clothing? Shot placement? We will be hunting on their own private property, and I will have a tag acquired before we hit the woods. The four of us should be the only people on the property.