Wondering what everyone had for their first deer rifle and if they are still hunting with it....mine is a Remington Model 740 Woodsmaster .308 that I got new in 1959...($149.95). Have spent 20 to 30 days a year with it, except for 4 years while in the Navy...Dad used then...Good Luck this year and be Safe....hunts2long
My 1st rifle was a .22 naturally; It was the Remington Youth model. I still use that model when teaching basic marksmanship to both youngsters & adults.
I've gone thru many .22's over the years until I found a German made Ithaca Model 72 Saddle gun ... now out of print, so to speak. You can see a photo of it under the thread Let's See Your Deer Rifle, post #11 in the Guns & Ammo Section.
The look & feel of this gun, especially the smoothness of the action ... is almost pornographic. I have already instructed my wife, that I am to be buried inside my Dodge Challenger SRT, with my .22 Ithaca. [:)]
My 1st Deer rifle was a barrowed Marlin .35 cal. 336C. I later went on to buy my own. I still like that best for heavy wood & like my favorite .22 Squirrel gun, shoot it with open sights. Oddly, that's the only one missing from the previously mentioned post. To others who use this cartridge, I recommend Buffalo Bore 220 grain ... they're much more powerful than other brands ... but twice the cost too.