For my next project, I'm considering either a 9.3x64 Brenneke or a .358 norma mag. I've just got to figure out which will be cheaper in terms of both the rifle's construction and the acquisition or loading of ammo. The 9.3 brennee is basically equivalent to a 375 H&H mag, but shoots a .366 bullet giving it better sectional density. The .358 norma mag can be loaded to H&H energy levels, but it's not generally regarded as effective as the 9.3 or 375 H&H on big game...specifically, lion, and cape buffalo. I guess I'll also need to decide which fills a bigger void in my current arsenal (which could certainly change by the time I start the project).
For my area and hunting style, a .308 winchester is plenty, not to mention accurate and lightweight. So if I could only use one of my rifles, that one would be it. That said, I carry my .300 Wby if I believe there's a chance that I'll have to shoot 200+ yards at something like elk.
Finally decided on my final answer; My 9.3X74r SXS chapuis with the leupold vxIII 1.5X5 20 mm scope on top of a removable claw mount. Big enough for anything, and not too fast or big for deer or any other types of small game. It also shoots just flat enough for plains game (similar to the 375 H&H).
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...