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.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...