Denny, tell us a little more about how you're going to use the rifle. Thick woods, open pastures, cedar swamps, bean fields all have different requirements if you're looking for the best caliber for the situation. Then again, if you're looking for a all-round gun that might bring different suggestions. Tell us more about how you deer hunt.
IF YOU'RE SHOOTING DEER OR ELK AT 1000 YARDS, YOU'RE NOT HUNTING, YOU'RE SHOOTING.
THE SHOT IS THE TROPHY.