Re: keeping gun loaded
I usually shoot mine to unload unless I know I'm going out the next day, and then make sure it stays in the truck. If I shoot, then it gets a quick clean when I get home.
I left a load down the barrel for an entire season a few years back. Rifle stayed outside the entire time. On the last day of the season I had 4 doe stopped about 40yds away. I pulled the trigger, and was rewarded with the looooongest hangfire I ever saw. This was from a rifle that had fantastic ignition. Never again. Just my experience.
If you're having trouble hunting for deer,
don't wish things were easier;
wish you were smarter.