My first deer rifle was an M77 in 30-06 and was a great gun. I let my dad trade it for something else in exchange for his S&W 7mm Rem. Mag. Kind of wish I still had the M77 but I love that 7mm. Have killed everything I have ever shot at with it. Confidence in a rifle makes a difference and besides it is prettier than the M77.
Seams like once we the people give what, at the time, seams like a reasonable inch and "they" take the unreasonable mile we can only get that mile back one inch at a time.
No spelun and grammar is not my specialty. So please don't hurt my sensitive little feelings by teasing me about it.