I think most hunters have a favorite rifle and mine happens to be a Ruger 77 ss. I have hunted with this rifle for about 15 years now and I have taken quite a bit of game with it. What is kind of funny about this gun is that I really did not like it at first, the stainless barrel and the synthetic stock took some getting used to. The gun was a gift from my brother. My brother is a gun nut of the first order and keeps tabs on all of the gun shops within a 60 mile radius of his home. He was in a shop with his black lab Jack when a fellow asked how much he would charge to have Jack breed his dog. My brother said that he did not want cash, but did he have anything to trade. To make a long story short, Jack had a lovers interlude and I ended up with a 300 Win mag. This rifle shoots so good that I quickly got over the look and feel. I am not sure how many animals I have taken with it, Probably 30-40 deer, 20 african animals up to and including eland, South American red stag and wild boar, and a few elk, a couple of bears, and a pickup load of pronghorns. They were calling me the sniper in Argentina, just like Carlos Babcock they said, I did not correct them on the name just as I didn't when they were talking about American general George Custard. It did not even hurt my reputation that I missed a couple of shots. I feel very confident when I carry this rifle and I know what this rifle and caliber can do. I plan on using this rifle for many years to come.