I like to use my Wifes gun actually at times on deer. She use's a Winchester model-70 7x57mm. It has little recoil and shoots a 142gr. Hornady spire point around 2,700ft/per. Light weight and good hitting power on most deer out to 250 yards.
I'm a big time 25-06 fan for mule deer hunting Bit. A guy has to be able to place his round where he needs to with this lite of a peice of lead. The sacrifice of knock down power for range works for the country I hunt.
The attached photo was taken by my father, the buck on the left (lower photo)my dad took(300win mag) and I shot the other with my 25-06. We were hunting Dolly Varden Creek in the Great Bear Wilderness in northwest Montana at the time.
I've used a .308 Model 70 with 150 grainers. It did a number on every muley I connected with in Montana and Idaho. I suppose there's other rounds out there that might shoot a bit flatter, but I know my limitations and it'll outshoot me.
As the allure of hunting big whitetails becomes more and more a passion for many, we are finding that the recent (historically speaking) popularity of hunting deer from a tree stand is becoming the way to do it. I'll make no statement either for or against that technique here. This will be simply an essay on what I feel are some outstanding rifles for tree stand use.
Before we go even one more step, let's all remember that safety is first and foremost for anyone wanting to hunt...