If the most popular cartridge for elk is 30-06, then the most popular cartridge for mule deer should be the 223.
But is it not, because despite all the contrived justification, we carry all the [power - accuracy - range ] product that we can..... then we justify it.
A boy's rifle is less than 5 pounds, and a man's hunting rifle is less than 10 pounds.
So I hunt Mule deer, elk, and antelope all with the same rifle. It weighs 10 pounds with scope, sling, bipod, rear bag, and ammo.
It is a 7mmRM for the ruminants.
I hunt ground squirrels, prairie dogs, and coyotes with the .223.
It is a single shot fat barrel for the rodents and an AR for the canidae.
The word 'forum" does not mean "not criticizing books."
"Ad hominem fallacy" is not the same as point by point criticism of books. If you bought the book, and believe it all, it may FEEL like an ad hominem attack, but you might strive to accept other points of view may exist.
Are we a nation of competing ideas, or a nation of forced conformity of thought?