Between the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA and the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX we’ve had the chance to talk to so many shooters and we’ve noticed a common theme. People who have never been hunting before are now interested in taking up the sport, and they’re on the hunt for their first dedicated deer rifle.
If this sounds like you then we would suggest taking a good look at the Henry Lever Action .30-30 in blued steel. It’s the perennial choice for the whitetail hunter for a reason.
The ammo is readily available just about anywhere, the recoil is relatively light (about ½ the perceived recoil of a .30-06), and it has achieved legendary status as the ubiquitous deer round for a lever action rifle through many, many decades of hunting.