My first deer rifle was also a 30-06. It was a used remington model 721 bolt action that my dad bought for me when I started hunting. It has acounted for probably 90% of all the whitetails I have taken with rifle. Although I have accumulated other big game rifles over the years, it is still my favorite and will always be my goto deer rifle. I also shoot 150 gr bullets (remington corelokts) because that is what it likes best (<1" @ 100 yds). I have never had a well placed shot not drop a deer in its tracks.
My first rifle was a Modle 7600 Gamemaster 30-06 sprg. w/a 4x bushnell.I was 11yrs old my dad bought for me.I still have that rifle and when I need to get meat for the frezzer it is my go to rifle.I've killed moose to antelope with it.BBJ
my first big game rifle was a savage model 99 250-3000 lever action. Being left handed a lever action is about all I used in my starten days. Then a win. 30-30. That gun has killed 36 muley bucks and three bull elk in Colorado. I now use a 7mm MAG.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...