I mostly deer and hog hunt, more hog than anything. Eventually I'd like to go after bigger game, such as moose and black bear. As of now I have a Ruger .25-06 with a nice Trijicon scope, left handed bolt action, as I shoot left handed but I realized that for any future rifle purchases I'd be just fine with a right hand bolt action. It was bought new about 8 years ago as a gift to me from my dad, it has had maybe 20 rounds in it in that time. I'd like to sell it to upgrade to a better caliber, but hesitant due to it being from my dad (hes still living, thank the food lord above) and knowing not many want a left hand bolt action. I've always wanted a nice .308 Winchester..would this be a downgrade from a .25-06 in terms of performance and range? Is there a better caliber out there? Also, those of you who hunt with Walkers Game Ears, how do you like them? I refuse to shoot a gun for the past 10 years or so without ear protection. Is there better ear protection out there?