I had more fun and killed a lot of deer in the "woods" with lever action carbines. I like a1/16" flat faced Gold bead front with a Williams receiver sight. I've used 30-30, .44 mag, .45 colt. I've carried Marlin 1895 45-70s and 444 Mags, .375 Win and 444 BB 94s. Owned a few 35 Remingtons too. The Marlin is easier to set up with a better trigger. Buffalo Bore ammo makes heavy .44 & 45 Colt flat nosed hard casts that will shoot like an old 45-90 Express load! 1600fps with a 325 or so. Kill any Bigfoot up in Stephen King Country! OR...a short bolt action .308/7mm-08 with a 1x4 is super handy too. Pick your poison!