I'm relatively new to firearms, with my two rifles being a Ruger 10/22 and a Ruger PC Carbine (9mm). I like them both and they seem perfect for plinking and hooliganry. However the only place I have to shoot is a range, and one with strict rules. There is no "rapid fire", and no loading of magazines with more than 5 rounds. Paper can be retrieved and replaced every 30 mins. I'm starting to think I'd be better off with a bolt-action rifle for a range like this. I don't mind investing in a nice gun, maybe something nice like a Tikka tx3. The question is, what caliber? This range has 50, 100, 200, and 300 distances available. My only other range has a max of 50 yards. I'm currently leaning toward .223? It's enough for those distances, has minimal recoil for a newb like me, and I could share ammo with future purchases of a semi auto (AR or Mini-14). I do not hunt. But those 17 HMR guys sure do seem to love their caliber. And so do the 308 crowd. Advice welcome.