Glad to have you back, Hillbilly. You have been missed and your skills have been needed here.
Funny that even hunters can mess up a hunting rifle question....LMAO.
A light rifle is great for hunting, and 14# is heavy for hunting. That 870 is not gonna reach out nearly as far as some of the suggestions. I suggest .243 minimum and if the OP wants to stay under .30-06, then it comes down to .243 or .270. Marlin makes a nice stick with the XL-7 for a great price that comes in those calibers.
Skullcrusher, you are evil, sick, demented, twisted- and my hero!
Originally Posted by pandamonium
...without the Second, we cannot protect the rest!