Yup! We spend all our free time in Kansas training those mule deer
Seriously, I'm normally a fan of really nice Walnut married to high quality blued steel. Non of which that Creedmoor has. It is a Ruger Predator with the 2 stage trigger (that takes some getting used to but I have come to like that trigger). It is marred up stainless steel in a laminated stock. It wears a Swarovski Z5 3.5-18x44 with a balistic turret and W4 reticle. It shoots between 1/4" and 1/2" depending on ammo. It serves as my truck gun, especially when I'm in Kansas. It is a perfectly capable deer cartridge, about as good as it gets for pronghorn, not terrible overkill on coyotes. Superbly accurate with great glass that seems to stay on zero in spite of bouncing around in my truck, often buried under luggage.
Add in that I currently have a shoulder issue going on, and Gina has permanently damaged shoulders. And this rifle has basically zero noticable recoil.
So all those reasons, plus my favorite 300 win mag was in the back of the safe when I was packing up to leave home and head to Kansas. And I'm going there to work and squeeze in some hunting so the gear I take with tends to get neglected and bounced around.
This was Gina's first deer. However she is an experienced shooter and hunter and I'd wager she is usually the best shot in whatever group she is hanging out with
And she's been wacking varmints at home with that Creedmoor so is familiar with it.
So yea, other cartridges are more capable, but with a heavier rifle or more recoil. This happens to be my beater gun at the moment. And it has taken Springbuck at 524 yards, pronghorn at 442 yards, a trotting coyote at 350 yards, this mule deer at 338 yards, a couple whitetail and numerous other coyotes and misc vermin, some oddball sheep in Texas, and a few other critters in Africa. All with factory ammo.
I'm sure the same or similar and much better can be said of other cartridges. Buy this has dine the job also. And yes the yahoos get carried away thinking it is the hammer of Thor. It is not. That would be the 505 Gibbs loaded up to 2350 fps with 525 grain TSX's
Which i love also for it's usefulness and accuracy.