I agree with everyone here so far get a Winchester model 70 chambered in .270 Win(warning this recoils quite a bit for someone not used to hunting weight bolt actions)
Get a Remington Model 700 ADL, BDL, or CDL in .308 Win(warning, see above warning)
A Marlin 336 in .30-30 would be an awesome gun if the area you will be hunting will be real brushy and thick woods. This rifle is a softer shooter too. Compared to the two above anyway.
After you've made your decision on above I'd buy a rifle chambered in .22LR like a marlin model 60, Ruger 10/22, Mossberg 702 Plinkster, Henry lever action .22 and a bulk box 500 rounds for like $15. Shoot the .22 first for at least 200 rounds focusing on shooting fundamentals. Then shoot the bigger rifle you bought a few times to see why we are telling you to shoot the .22.
Then continue to shoot the .22 ALOT. Shoot the bigger rifle every now and again to get familiar with it. In the 3 months leading up to your hunt shoot the hunting rifle every time you go to the range a little bit to stay proficient but not enough to develop bad habits like a flinch.
Shoot the .22 open sights, don't waste your money on optics. If you want to scope the hunting rifle, and you probably should, a 2-7 scope would likely be more than enough.
Best of luck.
Last edited by ripnbst; December 4, 2012 at 09:36 PM.