I'm looking to get a Remington 700 fairly soon, but I'm a bit conflicted on what caliber I want to get it in. I've been pretty set on .223, but a friend of mine has been trying to convince me to get it in .308, so I wanted other opinions on the subject. First, some background: I have experience shooting .223 (I have an AR-15), as well as a large caliber bolt action rifle (Mauser Kar 98k in 7.92x57). I'd like this to be mainly a target rifle that I can use to shoot out to maybe 500 or more yards. I do see it as a semi-bench rifle, though I intend to put a bipod on it so I'm not restricted to shooting from a bench (I don't really go to ranges much, I prefer to go out into a place out in a forest or whatnot). I don't hunt, though I'm not opposed to the idea. I *might* hunt with it, but that's not really the main purpose of the rifle. I see it as a rifle that I can hone my target shooting skills with (my trigger control isn't the greatest =/). So far, here are the arguments for each caliber: .223: Cheaper to shoot (I don't reload, though I probably will get into it at some point, just haven't yet) Less recoil (not really a big deal, but worth mentioning) Already have a rifle in the same caliber (5.56 technically, but can shoot .223 in either) .308: Better at longer ranges than the .223 Can hunt large game if I started hunting More options for reloading Let's argue :147: Edit: It should be noted that I am open to other calibers, however I like sticking with one of these two because other calibers are a bit less common and thus more expensive. If you want me to consider another caliber, list your reasons, and approximate costs of the caliber please (both factory prices and reloading prices). Thanks!