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.
Today's headlines read, "Hunter Dies of Heart Attack!"
I don't know how many times I have seen that headline in the past 16 years that I have lived in Colorado.
I moved here in 1994 via the U.S. Army to Ft. Carson, Colorado. The "Mountain Post" as it is sometimes called.
When I arrived here, in pretty good shape, the unit told me that I could not participate in P.T. (physical training) for at least 30 days. Now, I had just come from an overseas tour in Korea and was stationed in the...