I really do not think you can beat the 7x30 waters in the contender I have one love it almost the same ballistics as the 7x57 when you are compare bullet weight and the same brand and number of powder. One of the biggest mistakes I have made in life was passing on a 94 Winchester like new and 2 boxes of ammo 400 out the door.
The 7x57 was a grand old cartridge.
Looking things up in my cartridges of the world book..
Yep... The 7mmWaters is a pretty balanced all around cartridge.. should be fine for short range deer hunting in West Central Missouri.
I'm thankful I kept my contenders .
Excited to try the new barrel out.
May have to splurge on a nice wood stock and forend.