Well, I am in too fine a mood today to respond to some of the comments about me posted when I was at the dogshow we attended and brought home our 20 mo. old Rottweiler female, with a huge trophy plus a medallion to add to her ribbons won in her previous outings.
This was good, in itself, however, since my beloved "Axel", an absolutely fabulous Rottweiler male died last March, I have been looking for a good male to take over his duties as a guard at our home in Vancouver. He and his massive brother, "Woden" had done a "convincing" job of keeping the local creeps away from our home and my wife finds this most comforting when I am away in the bush.
So, today, I met "Cisco", a great 2 year old boy, given up by a couple who could not handle him and keep their careers going, as well. The breeder has several top winning stud dogs and cannot use him and after being given a reference by our usual breeder, we purchased "Cisco" for a VERY fair price and he will come home to us soon.....nothing I love as much as Rottweilers and I am just totally thrilled.
So, to the question concerning deer rifles, it depends, as so much of the endless gear discussions do, on where you hunt deer. If, you hunt in areas, such as S.E. Alaska, with large and oftimes truculent Grizzlies around, you would carry a rifle fully capable of dealing with them and this is the case here in BC, as well.
In regions which do not support such apex predators, your choices are many and personal preference enters into it more, I mostly use a very light, custom Husqvarna HVA with steel bottom metal, a Brown Precision Kevlar stock, 1.5x6 scope and it is a 7mm Mauser, shooting 140 Noslers at aboutn 2750. I have shot quite a few deer with this since I had it built nearly 20 yrs. ago and it is ideal.
Any light rifle with a decent 4x scope, I like Leupold and Zeiss and have had about everything available, in a 6.5 to .308 bore with a 125-180 gr. bullet at 2500-2900 fps.-mv. will do any deer hunting anywhere and be easy to carry and not hurt you with recoil. You can find very good deals on guns and scopes these days on 24Hr., Kifaru.Net and Accurate Reloading for Americans and on a couple of Canadian forums here in Canada.
Keep it light, simple, use ONLY ONE load and learn to shoot so that you can put five shots into five inches standing at 100 yds.,quickly and consistently and you will do just fine. I often use a fine Merkel drilling or a Miroku O/U combo gun as I can take either Grouse or Deer or Turkey in our seasons and I only hunt for meat, so, these work for me. HTH. I suggest joining AR to discuss this further as it is getting a bit outside the realm of this forum, you can PM me there and I will give what help my limited knowledge allows.