Mine’s a Remington 700 ADL in .30-06. It’s been in a couple of different configurations. Some of them really worked well. Some didn’t. Right now it’s wearing Warne rings and bases, a Leupold fixed 4 power, and a HS Precision stock. (I got the stock well before the Lon Hourouchi flap.) I’m a fan of the stock. It adds a little more weight than a standard factory synthetic stock, but it’s a bit better balanced. Most of the time, I shoot Remington’s 165-grain Core-Lokt load. It will stay right at an inch and quarter maybe a little better. I’ve also had excellent luck with the Hornady 165-grain SST bullet. I’m very happy with the way the loads perform, and I’ve never lost an animal with the rifle. I have the gun sighted in about an inch and a half high at 100 yards. That gives me the ability to hold pretty well dead on to 300 yards. The longest shot I’ve made with the rifle was on a decent sized meat doe at about 260 yards. The doe, hit through both lungs, went about 30 yards and piled up. I’ve never been able to recover a bullet, of either type, from that rifle. I suppose it’s not terribly fancy, but it does work for me. I have other rifles, but none I use more. Frankly, I don’t even have a rifle I like more.
I’m curious if the concept applies to other shooters. Do you have a go-to rifle, and if so, what is it?