Thumper was able to bark again! I was hunting a farm that has a deer/crop problem this past weekend. I was told like usual not to let anything walk. When this junior sized deer came out I made sure that momma wasn't following and lined up. At about 60 yards I stopped the deer and when her head came up I shot for the white patch on the throat. The exit was pretty ugly, but I'm sure it was a quick death ( nearly decapitated). Load was a 225grn ftx. I can't get enough of this gun. I have come to ohio this week for their gun season, and it was literally painful to leave thumper at the house! I keep hearing rumors that indiana is going to open up all centerfire rifles next year, but I have no intentions of replacing thumper for my go to deer slayer!