a little update. in addition to my .223, ill probably use my .450 bushmaster at least 1 or 2 days im home, and my wife gave me the green light to use her .35 rem marlin 336 one day. it will be a 7 or 8 day hunt, depending on when i leave new yourk, thats all the time the army let me take this year, so ill take it!!! and im probably not going to use the ithaca at all. my brother in law said hes not good enough with the wolf i gave him yet, so hes stickin with the shotgun. i can understand that.