I hunted deer with several different guns before killing a deer. My first season I hunted with an H&R 20 gauge single shot and rifled slug. The next year I hunted with both a Marlin 35 Rem and a 700 LH 7mm mag. The next year I hunted with a Ruger Blackhawk .41 mag (cocky, wasn't I
). My fourth year of deer hunting I finally killed a deer with a Ruger #1V 6mm Rem with my own handloaded Hornady 100 gr BTSP. I was 17 years old. That was 25 years ago and I still have the antlers. I stupidly sold the rifle but have since bought another one just like it.