I have several guns, different calibers, and my current #1 for deer, and probably about anything is the 7-08. I have a TC Venture, and it shoots very well, 1/2" at 100 yds, and that's probably what I'm going to get another one of. Inalso have Ruger M77 in that caliber. Then my 2 sons and I can use the same shells, etc. with the lower price on the Venture, you can splurge on the scope. My 2 cents worth. Have fun shopping!