Go into a sporting goods store, mom-and-pop gun shop, small diner, church, meeting hall, or anywhere else like-minded people gather, and discuss deer hunting. There are a few topics of conversation that will always get a good argument brewing. As deer hunters, it seems we love to argue about our sport almost as much as we love hunting. Luckily, the arguments tend to be as good-natured as the deer hunters themselves.
One of the best and longest-running arguments is that timeless question: what is the best rifle for deer hunting? Let’s get this over with quickly. There is no one best deer rifle. I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s true. If you’re legally hunting with any rifle, that’s the best deer rifle, period. Why? Because you’re hunting! Let’s look at some of the variations on the theme, though.