I killed my first 7 deer with a .35 model 141 that my Pap gave me. I guess because of that, I've always just had a fondness for that caliber. I bought a lever .35 a couple years ago, and was amazed at how accurate it was. Unfortunately I had to part with it. I just bought another 2 months ago, and haven't had a chance to get it to the range yet. I'm hoping it shoots as good as the one I sold. I had a pump 30-30 many years ago that I bought for my wife. It was an adequate rifle, but I sold it when she stopped hunting. I don't know why, but I've just never cared for the 30-30.
If you're having trouble hunting for deer,
don't wish things were easier;
wish you were smarter.