I've mostly used my 30-30 and occasionally a 30.06 semi auto for twenty-four years. For the last two years I've used my .270 bolt action in a 150 grain soft point and have been extremely impressed with it. Here in North East Georgia long shots at deer are far and few in between and the 30.06 is really overkill unless your are fortunate enough to have a power line or gas line running through your property to sit on. Next year I am planning to use the 30-30 some with the new ballistic tip that is available. Has anyone used the Marlin lever action .308 ballistic tip they came out with last year?