I do have a favorite rifle. I learned that today.
If you had asked me a week ago if I had a favorite rifle, I'd have mumbled and hesitated, and said "probably not". But this morning I put the deer rifles in the safe and took out my old Ruger 77V in 220 Swift. It now has a new (well, relatively new) Douglas barrel in a lighter contour. I took it over to my shooting bench and sent 3 rounds downrange and they touched in a 3-leaf-clover pattern, and 3/4 of an inch high. Man that old gun feels good in my hands, and it surely will shoot. And I see that the pigs are digging around in my pasture since the rains came. This calls for action...
Do you fellows have a real favorite that you'll admit to, or a special rifle you'd reach for if there was a long shot that you absolutely needed to make?