Kris Cantrell owns and runs Cantrell Outdoors. He typically says to start with a gun you can do a lot with. He often recommend the .300 ultra magnum. It is a magnum cartridge which can shoot just about anything in the lower 48 states of North America.“Shoot as big of a caliber as you are comfortable with.” Some hunters are recoil sensitive so this can limit their caliber size.Muzzle breaks redirect the sound right back to your ears though they also help with recoil. Wearing ear plugs is a must in this type of a setup.Kris is excited, and he uses, carbon fiber barrels. These barrels will take a big percentage of weight off of your overall weight of your rifle.First time rifle buyers should buy a cheaper manufactured gun for their first rifle. Custom guns, like this Kris make, are a lot more expensive,Scopes, even within the same brand, can vary in price. This can altar the overall price of your hunting setup.When shooting a gun for the first time, you might consider using multiple brands of bullets in order to figure what your rifle will do with each bullet. also, when at the range, try shooting off the belly, kneeling and standing in order to practice a real, possible shot.Bipods are helpful in the field. Make sure to practice with them and in the style where you will need to use the bipod. Otherwise you might consider leaving it at home.