Where we hunt in Pennsylvania the country is steep, rough, and brushy. 75 yards is a long shot for me. 30-30 is still my favorite: short and light with plenty of accuracy and power to do the job. Ammo is affordable, too.
I hardly ever return to hunt in the western states. But when I do, it will be with my .308 Remington carbine.
Fire up the grill! Deer hunting IS NOT catch and release.