Is this just a Deer rifle? Or will you be hunting other critters with it later on?
A scoped rifle is the way to go here in Ca. But 30-30's are cool and you will just have to get a bit closer.
Anything from a .243 to a 30-06 (and everything in between) will kill the crap out of a deer. No need for a Magnum
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If I didn't have this gun the King of England could just come in here and start pushing you around. Do you want that, well do ya? - Homer Simpson