Both the '06 and the .308 are great all around calibers. Don't let anyone tell you the .308 is too light or won't do the job. It is the same bullet as the '06 and will do any job short of big bears, and it has been used in Canada for everything for years. The only advantage the '06 has is above 180 grain bullet weight. I've been using the .308 since the 1960's on deer, elk, antelope, moose and black bear in the Rocky Mtn. States and never had a problem. The suggestion of the Ruger American is a good one, as are other Ruger products. Ruger is my favorite except for my Mdl. 70 Winchester which my son "permanently" borrowed.