Here is the OP : "Let’s hear everyone’s thoughts on the most popular and or most practical rifles for PA big game hunting (deer/bear) Make, model, caliber and the uses of these said rifles! " Seems practical is a non issue on most reply. But since he did say big game hunting in PA it leaves the AR platform out of the topic. Waugh!Since the OP chose "Most popular rifle in PA", then that isn't really limited to just deer rifles, as this thread has developed.
I'd opine that THE most popular rifle in PA, is probably the AR 15, since that has become the most popular rifle platform in the entire nation over the past few decades and I doubt it's any different here in PA?
People are still buying their first AR, including two guys I know, that just a few years ago were fussing about why anyone would want an AR 15. One was a surprise to me, since the old goat prides himself on expensive rifles and looks down his nose at anyone who buys "such junk" as Savages. Didn't settle for a run of the mill AR. His cost him well over a thousand dollars.
The other one wasn't as much of a surprise, as it's the BIL that hunts with me. He has opinions on everything. Once ridiculed me for having a 380, now he has one. Of course it's a better one than the KelTec I've had for years. He bought a far more expensive one. And he now has his own AR 15 that I think ran him around $600?
No ammo for it, until I sold him some of mine. Same for some 380 ammo. Now he's happy.