I grew up hunting whitetail deer in the cut-downs, swamps, and beanfields of eastern North Carolina, where yet another season is upon us in just six days. My first deer rifle is still my favorite; my father’s old Remington 721 in .30-’06, mounted with generic 3-9×40 scope, similar to this one from an expired listing at Armslist.

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I’ve since grown up and moved away, but that rifle is always the one I have the fondest memories of for its role in my first hunts.

What’s your favorite deer rifle, and why?