Am I the only one who uses a 7mm-08? I started out with a .222 and was 2 for 2 with that. Then I moved up to a .30-06, and it did a good job. I think my next deer caliber was a downward move to a .243 and it seemed to dump all its energy in the deer and dumped them in their tracks. Then I moved back up to what has become my favorite, the 7mm-08. My first one was a Remington Model 7. Then I upgraded to the stainless version in the same model and caliber. I favor a handloaded 139 grain Hornady SP bullet. It is accurate and performs well.
Every deer I've ever shot (the first coming in 1967) have been with handloads except the last two. Last year I shot my first with a .30-30 (yes, I know -- it's hard to believe for a guy as old as I am!) using Federal Fusion cartridges with a 170 grain bullet. The .30-30 belonged to my deceased brother, so it has a lot of sentimental value.
I enjoyed carrying and shooting the .30-30, but the 7mm-08 still rules for me.
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