So for 40 years of hunting I've been on the search fir the perfect hunting combination in a rifle.
I've always wanted power to dispatch the animal quickly and cleanly.
I've used various calibers starting my hunting career with a marlin 30/30 which I killed several deer with.
It was effective but was a short range weapon at best and at the time was all I needed hunting thick old clear cuts.
The rifle was handy quick into action and accuracy was fine for the purposes at hand.
At about my 5th or 6th year I found land that presented much greater distances to hunt.
On a gas line we're shots could be 300 yards.
I picked up a single shot 308 and put a big scope on it. I ran 168gn nossler balistic tips at 2650 it was effecient at dispatching whitetsils with good broadside shots .At the time a good milling or moa reticle scope was far out of reach for my budget so a simple cross hair scope zeroed at 200 yards had to do. I took truck loads of deer with this combo feeding 7 kids along the way. It was a necessity rather than a past time.
They were a hungry lot and consumed the protein source gladly.
As time progressed and my situation in life improved I tried various calibers.
270/ 300win mag 338 win mag 30/06 and finally a custom 30/06 AI I thought I had found the perfect combo with a NF 5 to 20 nxs scope on board the gun weighed in at 14 pnds.
I was young and fit so the weight didn't bother me.
Using a tripod hunting sticks or stand rails made it easy enough.
I hunted for 10 to 12 years with this combo and took more truck loads of deer.
The barnes 168gn ttsx did a great job when I did my part. I could take a deer from any angle with confidence the rounds would pass thru completely.
The lilja #5 contour barrel shot tight little groups from the k98 action.
The controlled round feeding made for a very reliable package.
At year 30 I'd aged a bit and time had taken its tole the old reliable started to become a chore to lug to the stand.
So I started the quest to build a light weight version .
I tried a graphite wrapped barrel to start on a defiance action in a manners stock.
I cut a few pounds and used a lesser lighter scope NF SHV 4 to 14 x50 bringing the gun into the 10 pnd range.
Again in the 30/06AI caliber.
It was OK but injury and age dictated I do more
Fast forward a lighter cartridge and a lighter gun was in order.
The shv didn't work for me ither the reticle was not usable on anything but full power so I built a 6.5 cm on a savage 10 action with a much lighter graphite wrapped barrel and a NF NXS in a shillen stock. This got me back to that 10 pnd rifle with a much lighter recoil
My shoulders thanked me and the deer were just as dead the barnes 127 lrx were exstreamly accurate.