The absolute best deep woods rifle for deer, bear and even the occasional moose is a JM Marlin 336 in 35 remington. Accurate to 200 yards and devastating terminal performance even on moose. Only thing better is a 1905 Mannlicher Schoenauer in 9x56 mm. Those are very expensive and very hard to find.Hey everyone, new member here. I've been reading around some of the other threads this morning but I couldn't find anything covering this exact topic so here we are. I just bought my first hunting rifle the weekend of this posting. It's a Savage 110 in .270 and I plan on using it for this season and a majority of my hunts. I hunt in Maine and it will kill anything in this state but I know I want another gun with hopefully a stainless barrel but not a deal breaker, more important is I want one in a better caliber for the more heavily wooded parts of the states. I was thinking of .308 or 45-70 in a short barrel but I don't have a clue what rifle is a good way to go. I do like my Savage but I know Marlin and Henry make nice lever actions so I'm really just trying to get advice from this community as you all see well informed.