Originally Posted by CreepingDeath
No 7mm Rem mag? One of the most versatile loadings out there. Can do everything the 30/06 can but faster and better ballistics. The only thing the 06 has in the 7mm mag is barrel life.
Or you can look at it this way. For your average hunter the .308 or 30-06 will do anything the 7mm Mag will do within reasonable shooting ranges with cheaper ammo, less recoil and longer barrel life.
I have plenty of Magnums myself but the love affair with them by some folks puzzle me. In the OPs situation I fail to see how a 7mm Mag is a better rifle that a good 308 or 30-06 for deer hunting in PA.
Could you please explain "faster and better ballistics" than a 30-06 or .308 as it would apply to killing deer? Bullet construction has a LOT more to do with hunting performance on game than speed any given day of the week, and you can't EVER top the popular 30-06 and .308 as far as selection of bullets in commercial loadings.