The Savage Spoke . . .
That's my story of The Big One from 2003. He might not stack up to your biggest, but he was the biggest that day on my side of the county. He went down at 0650 on Opening Day-- about 10 minutes into the season.
I'm not that good at judging racks. My antler radar is one of the cheaper ones, and I bought it re-furb'd over twenty years ago. It has just three settings: "Doe" , "Antlers", "Quint, we're going to need a bigger boat."
Fast forward exactly 4 years-- same stand, Opening day. I've been playing with several other rifles in the interim and I just happened to go back to the Savage 99 for the first time in four years. I was even using the same batch of reloads with the empty from 2003 still sticking up in the box.
The Savage Spoke Again . . .