A different rifle was used each trip so's they wouldn't get rusty hanging out it the vault.
Merely punch paper anymore. When hunting with grandson, will borrow his Swede 6.5x55 that I customized for him years ago and still reload ammo for him if desiring to shoot something. The urge to kill isn't strong anymore - enjoy being with the grandson and watching him take whatever it is he's hunting.
An Abolt stainless stalker in 25-06 probably claims that title, almost by default. Started using it out of curiosity and was so pleased by the results, it's my go to rifle. Lost count of mule deer, whitetail and antelope it's taken. Been used by several novice hunters to take their first deer too.
I picked up a new "favorite" deer rifle just today....lol. But if I had to say right now, it wouldn't be my nicest rifle, wouldn't be my most expensive rifle and it wouldn't be my prettiest rifle. But, it would be my BLR 81 in .358. The 225gr Sierra groups under 1" at 100 yards, and at 2500FPS gives the rifle a 300 yard capability. Pretty light, pretty compact and should I need a 2nd shot, very fast to respond.
Hard to pick just one rifle because several have sentimental value and perform so well at the range and in the woods. The front runner is an FN commercial Mauser bolt action that was rebarreled into a .280 Remington by a local gunsmith. The runner up is a Winchester Model 70 (post '64) in .270 Winchester that I bought used when I worked in a gun shop many years ago. Then there is sporterized Springfield 1903 in .30-06 that is just beautiful. You get the idea. All the best...
I have two. The first is my Harrington and Richardson Ultra Bolt Action. It has an FN Supreme action and is Manliccher stock. It is gorgeous and sooo accurate. The second in my newly acquired Sako Manliccher in 7mm Magnum. I haven't got it out to the woods yet but it performed admirably at the range. MOA rifle, gotta love it.
My favorite Deer rifle is my Ruger Model 77 Compact Magnum in .308. I own several other rifles that I also like to shoot & hunt with, but mostly the Ruger is my first choice for Deer. For small game: my .22 LR CZ-452 or my .410-3" shotguns, covers all small game hunting.
My "lucky" deer rifle is a single shot CVA Hunter in 45-70 (Ohio is limited to straight wall cartridges). It has taken several deer for several people. So far no one has ever missed a deer with this rifle, or needed a second shot for that matter. Keeping my fingers crossed that it stays that way!
My biggest buck was taken with it, using a bullet I cast and loaded myself. Pretty proud of this one.
I seem to be always trying something new but usually fall back on a Remington 700 Buckmasters in 7-08 I've had for quite a few years, it wears a Leupold 4x12 scope with LRD reticle, the most dependable deer rifle I've ever owned.
Last year I picked up a Sauer 100 Atacama in 6.5 prc, very accurate and easy on the shoulder.
I've taken over 40 deer and a few elk with this one. Started out as a Rem 700 ADL back in 73. Now wears a Hart 26" tube and Bishop stock. 7 mag and likes 162 gr Hornady sp.
And I still use other rifles that I have for different hunts in recent yr's but the 7 is my favorite.
While a favorite deer rifle can be special for lots of different reasons, I've always enjoyed hunting with lots of different rifles. I did mention a favorite, my .358 BLR, but that opinion is one that might change at any moment.
I knew that I'd bought a good number "deer" rifles since last May, but I even surprised myself when I made a list... lol
Deer rifles since May 2019:
1. Henry lever 45-70
2. Henry single shot 45-70
3. Marlin XS7 .308
4. Rem M600 .308
5. Ruger #1A 30/06
6. Weatherby MKV Classic 30/06
7. Sako M85 Classic 30/06
8. Win M70 SS Featherweight dark maple 30/06
9. Sako M85 SS Hunter .308
10. Custom commercial Mauser .270
11. Custom commercial Mauser .280
12. CVA Hunter 7/08
13. ** M70 Super Grade bored to .358
Big game rifles
1. SS Hawkeye in .338 RCM
2. Sako M85 Kodiak .338WM
3. Mossberg Patriot .300WM
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