Lots of good info and ideas here. This debate will go on forever and no one will be right or wrong. True some will out preform others but much of it comes down to personal preference in the end. I shoot a .270 Winchester in a model 70 Winchester made in the mid 1950's with a Leupold VX2 3-9x40 scope. I modified a post 64 ramline synthetic stock for it to lighten it up a bit. Its very accurate and always gets the job done so what more could I want. True its not a long range setup but I dont care to shoot game over 400 yards either. This fall I went to Wy antelope hunting with a model 1894 Winchester 30-30 made in 1896 and killed an antelope at 155 yards with 1 shot with peep sights. Whatever caliber and gun you choose if you practice with it and are confident in it you can get the job done!