Trying out guns: renting, shooting different kinds, different calibers (don't get your mind set on one caliber until you've shot several), doing research. That's a big part of the fun of gun ownership.
Originally Posted by Todd
You learn what you want for your first gun, and you begin to get ideas of what you want for your second.
WARNING: ONE gun is never enough.
Don't sweat over the decision so much that you get paralyzed or lose sleep.
You will probably love whatever you end up with.
AND it helps to know that this will not be your only gun.
... You will probably be buying a second gun in the future.
Enjoy the hunt!
Never argue with drunks or crazy people.