Was wondering what your favorite 'deer rifle' was. Mine is this Ruger Gunsite Scout 308. Have attached a Ching Sling that really helps stability. With the attached "Can" and subsonic ammo it is a hoot to shoot. My 80 acre hunting property is high density woods so most shots are 50-100 yards. You would be hard pressed to find a clear shot over 100 yards. I set up a 'range' for 100 yards and had to take down several small trees to get a 4' wide lane that long.