I have hunted whitetail with an Encore for years. A single shot rifle will make you take better shots. You will find that you do not waste that shot on an animal that is out of range or running. I alternate between a 300WM and 45/70 depending upon the terrain being hunted. I also use the muzzle loading barrel on the Encore platform. I have named my Encore Jacob. Now for your history lesson. Simon Kenton was given a rifle which he named Jacob. It was said, "rarely did Jacob speak that the life of another forest creature had not yet ended."