Since it always gets a little quiet at this time of year, I'm going to try to liven things up a bit by answering a recurring question on this site. That is: What is the best rifle for deer hunting? I have never answered this question by giving a specific brand, action or caliber, usually saying something like, "whatever you shoot best." But after giving this a lot of thought, I decided to break from that traditional answer. After about 50 years of deer hunting under various conditions and terrain, and having owned about a dozen or so rifles of every type of action and in lots of calibers,and having killed lots of deer, my choice for the "best" deer rifle is ... Before I give my pick, I'd like to say that this gun will get the job done in all parts of the country where rifle hunting is allowed. The rifle and caliber I would recommend is ... I'm taking into account the cost and availablilty of ammo, recoil, over-all accuracy, handling, dependability, price/value and I'm throwing in a little eye appeal as well. Anyway, the rifle I would suggest as the best deer rifle is the Ruger77 Ultra-lite in .270 Win. This rifle/caliber combination, in my opinion, is hands down the best choice. Extremely light weight and fast handling, with adequate accuracy and power for any size deer and any reasonable range, relatively inexpensive for a box of bullets and avaible at just about every mom-and-pop's market in deer country, you just can't find a better rifle. It comes with the proven integral scope rings at a reasonable price. Do I hunt with one? Well, no. I sold mine years ago because I didn't like the tang safety that it had at the time. If that particular rifle had the 3 position Winchester-type of safety that the current model 77s have, I'd still be hunting with it I'm sure. Right now, I'm playing with some other rifles and calibers, but not because I feel they are the best in the most generalized way. Anyway, there it is, my definitive anwser to the most commonly asked question on this site. Bruce, old buddy, something makes me think you might want to jump right in here.