My favorite hunting rifle is a pre 64 M70 feather weight in 30-06 (built in 1955). I purchased this rifle about 15 years ago as I did not own any M70's and felt everyone should own at least one "rifleman's rifle". It is also one of the most accurate light sporters I have owned. It consistently puts its preferred loads into less than 1" at 100yds for 3 shot groups. In recent years age and arthritis has made full power loads quite uncomfortable during range sessions. The rifle still wears its original aluminum buttplate. The rifle has accounted for a couple of elk, numerous deer and coyotes with its preferred load of 57gr IMR 4350 under 165gr bullets. I only hunt deer now on our property where a long shot is 150yds. As such I have taken to downloading to continue using this rifle. Have been loading 125BT's to about 2800 and 150's to about 2700. Reduction in felt recoil is dramatic and these loads have proven very effective on whitetails and coyotes. Now what to do with the 30 cal ammo can full of full power 165's.