Hey guys, The only firearm I've ever owned is Springfield XD Compact 45acp. I was told .45 is too big of a caliber for a first handgun and go with 9mm instead. I am so glad I didn't take that advice. There is a recoil to it but it's so much fun to shoot. Lesson learned: Never compromise on caliber. Now I am looking to purchase my first rifle (hunting & sniper combo). I have never hunted but would love to go out soon. Anyone planning a hunting trip, hit me up. I have been researching a lot and like all newbies, I started looking for 1000+ yard rifles. But based on my research, I have found that there aren't any ranges to go shoot at 1000 yard plus in Houston and around; which totally kills the purpose of owning one. But at the same time, I think maybe I should since there's no harm of owning something which is an overkill. What's there to lose besides some $$$. It's not like a 1000+ yard rifle can't shoot well at 100 yards. So help me out with what's out there for someone like me who just wants to get started. I definitely don't want to buy something basic and feel like buying something better a year down the line. That to me is a waste of money. I'll rather buy something good now, even if I can't use it to its full potential on an ongoing basis. From what I have researched, I found this one to be a good contender: Remington 700 XCR Compact Tactical Rifle 20" Barrel 12" twist (308 Win) OR Remington 700 Stainless Steel 5-R 20" Threaded Barrel 1:11-1/4 twist (308 Win) with Vortex Optics 6-24x50 Viper PST FFP Riflescope. These are some which seem to be in a moderate price range and be able to do what I want. What do you think about these and if there's anything out there which would fit in? There are a couple that I really like/love but they start from $11,500 and I can't spend that much on my first rifle("probably never will"). So send me some options in the price range of the above-mentioned rifles. In short, I need something accurate, easy to maintain, packs a punch, yet moderate to afford for hunting/sniping. PS: Please don't give me generic answers like a gun is as good as the shooter etc OR build as you go.