Hey guys, with tax season nearing and a fat return expected, I'm going to treat myself to another rifle. Been on a pistol buying spree the last few years, sold a few rifles and my rifle collection is dwindling at the moment. Ruger 10/22, cz 527 carbine (.223) and a Ruger American compact in .308 is all I have left. I want another deer rifle, and have settled on the Henry single shot. The single shot suites my hunting style, is a nice price and are really classy looking. I hunt in thickets and seldom have shots past 50 yards, although I do have 100 yard shooting lanes at one of my stands. I don't rush shots, or shoot at moving deer. Slow and steady is how I take my shots, and if there is brush or anything in between myself and the deer I don't shoot, don't need the meat THAT bad,lol. I'm looking at the 30-30,45-70 ,and .243's . All three will do just fine for deer. Few thoughts/reasoning I have in regards to them. -don't reload, but this would be a gun that's not shot a whole lot,but carried often when it's good weather (SS Ruger for crap weather) -sub 100 yard shots -will mount a 1-3 scope on them -have a hundred rounds of 30-30 in the safe -45-70 has the cool factor, would be better if a large black bear comes to my stand again this year -.243 is offered in youth model,I prefer a shorter length of pull, especially with heavy layers and a back pack on. -will most likely be obtaining a 30-30 lever gun again,one reason I'm leaning away from 30-30 for that reason. Although 2 guns with the same caliber isn't a bad thing. So you're guys thoughts would be appreciated. Not really interested in the pistol caliber versions or the 308. Edit to add: If I were to go 30-30 as has been pointed out could always obtain .45-70 down the road in a lever gun. Also had the thought since I will be carrying a 45 colt revolver as a side arm hunting, if I were to go 30-30 single shot, it would make for a good excuse to buy a matching 45 colt lever gun in the future.