Hey there, I am Rooky, absolutely new to firearms, going for my license upcoming February. Though, sooner or later I will have to make a decision on what rifle to choose ... and there are lots. Reason to ask you, the way more experienced people! Being aware of the wide variety of choice, I am sure my question is going to generate a tremendous amount of opinions and advice which I really appreciate but I'll try to narrow it down with the following information. I'll need to learn how to shoot on a rifle that I'd like to keep for years. (For example: A .22 cal. will fairly quickly be outgrown). So target shooting I guess is best to start with, but maybe down the road I'd like to go hunt small deer. Budget sits around $1000. I've talked to buddies saying that I'll learn to shoot eventually, just get a 30-06 and it'll be fun also for later on. But the reality of target shooting with 30-06 cost wise doesn't make much sense to me. I'm looking forward to your responses and thanks for the help!