What is your favorite deer rifle and load? I have a T/C Encore in .308 with a 26" barrel that shoots like a dream. I put a Pro Hunter camo buttstock and a normal camo forend on it, and a Leupold 3-9x40mm on it. The stock makes the recoil feel like a .243. Here is a picture of the rifle, and the rifle after it has done its job!