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.
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...