In my opinion, just about the perfect Pennsylvania rifle and caliber. That's my go-to deer rifle, too. Mine is stainless with synthetic stock. There's the Pennsylvania Longrifle. I call this the Pennsylvania Carbine.
For those solo hunts, you need to carry a camera with a timer and some way of attaching it to a tree.
"When you put a buck on your wall, it links you to those guys who painted the walls of caves." --Me.