I'm in a very good predicament. For Christmas/Birthday I was given a gift certificate in no certain amount to Bud's Gun Shop in Paris. There being so many different manufacturers of guns and so many calibers, it is a bit overwhelming as to where to start looking. I have a 300 Win Mag right now. That was my first rifle. I wanted something that I could do almost any hunting I wanted in North America. I am looking for something a bit smaller with not as much shoulder stomp. I would possibly hunt deer, coyotes, varmits, etc....nothing any larger. I would leave that to my 300. I was wondering if you guys/gals would have any suggestions as to make, model, caliber, any certain type of bullet, scope (optics). I am leaning toward a 270.......or 243....... I would like to be thorough in my quest to find a gun and thought this would be a great place to get ideas. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.