I am from eastern Washington state and the hunting here is done in sagebrush country that is pretty flat to broken sage/pine country that is still fairly open and very steep. Ridgetop to ridgetop shots are not uncommon. Neither are shots out to 300 pluss yards.
I have been hunting with my trusty .270 since I was 9 years old. Its a great medium sized game gun and maybe the best (mule)deer rifle out there in my opinion. I recently bought a 7mm STW. I realy like the gun even though I know it's a little over-kill for deer. I hunt a couple of arias that have deer/elk mixed in so I bought the STW thinkng of those hunts. Also someday I would like to get into long range shooting and now I have my gun.
A few other guns I realy like for deer hunting are: .280 rem, 257 roberts, 7mm rem mag. and I could go on and on but that would defeat my purpose of finding out what other people like in their deer weapons.
I think the magnum lineup of cartriges present some fabalous cartridges but also present some velocity/bloodshot problems. Obviously I like the 7mm stw since I have one. But have always thought that the 300 Win. mag was maybe the best deer/elk combo rifle out there for taking the two at long ranges.
Let me know what you think.