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.
There it sits. Alone and forgotten in a desk drawer or maybe in the bottom of your hunting pack. The lowly compass. Primarily initially replaced by the hand held GPS and now even by the new “smart” cell phones that include GPS, electronic compass – even real time imaging on aerial maps! Once the friend of every hunter and now the companion of few. It is not glamorous or glitzy, that is for sure… no bells and no whistles. Aaaaah, but let’s not rush to forget our...