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.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...