Opinion on new deer rifle
I am currently in the market for a new, mid range deer rifle. I currently have a .300 Savage Model 99 and a .300 RUM Winchester Model 70. I like the Savage but it is not a long range, flat shooting cartridge and it is kinda heavy to lug around. I really like the RUM but it is a beast to haul around as well.
Some of the calibers I am looking into are 25-06, .260, 7mm-08, .257 Weatherby. I left the .270 off there because I like to stay off the beaten path a bit. It seems like you can't swing a dead cat here in Penn's Woods without hitting a .243, 30-30, .270 or of course, the 30-06. I am open to the .308 as my grandfather has one in a Model 99 Savage and it shoots very well.
I am basically looking for a mid range gun for deer that is flat shooting and still packs enough punch at distances over 300 yards. I know that there are alot of variables such as bullet weight and construction, barrel length, yada, yada, yada. I am just looking for some suggestions on what some of you think about these calibers. Ammo price, accuracy, ballistics, etc.
Thanks for any info!