I would advise not talking to the folks that may end up selling you the rifle. Their job is to sell you a rifle, period, and they aren't gonna be real picky about what you get so long as they make a sale. I would look on some of the local hunting forums for input, just as you did here.That's a good question. I need to ask someone but I don't know any hunters. I'm going to have to reach out and talk to people. I plan on asking maybe the bass pro dude or maybe go to a gun store but my first step is always the Forums. You guys all know so much and I appreciate your input.
Now, to get on my soap box for a moment... Please don't get sucked into the 'long range' BS. It's all fine and dandy when you're poking holes in paper but when you are talking about poking said holes in an effort to kill a game animal I feel it is incumbent on the hunter to do that as quickly and humanely as possible. There are way too many variables that come into play when you start trying to reach out beyond 300 or 400 yards. Even at those ranges you're flirting with wind gusts, the animal taking a step, etc. while the bullet is in flight which can lead to a crippled/suffering animal. Sure, you'll read lots of stories about 6, 7, 800 yard 'kills', but for a novice the reality is that you're probably not going to want to take a shot beyond about 200 yards, and that only from a good rest.