I shot my first deer when I was 13 years old with a Steven’s bolt-action in .30-30 Winchester. In the past 50 years, I have shot between 75 and 100 bucks in the Wisconsin hardwood forest I own.
I’ve used many different rifle calibers including 6mm Remington, .308 Winchester, 7x57mm Mauser, .338 Winchester Magnum, .270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, .30-’06 Springfield and .35 Whelen Improved.
Lately, I’ve turned to older cartridges such as the .30 Remington in a Remington Model 141 on which I mounted a scope. Of the cartridges I’ve used, the only one I felt was not sufficient to the job was the 6mm Remington, which didn’t show me it was a reliable killer. Other people say they have good luck with that caliber, but I think it is just that–luck.
For future use, I am stocking a Martini action. It has an excellent Brochardt Rifle Corp. barrel in .40-65 Winchester, so maybe I’ll be using cast bullets and blackpowder to shoot deer in the future.–William B.