I love hunting in the snow. We seldon get that opportuninty in VA. We has a 13 inch snow Sat 19th that was still hanging around Christmas Eve. I went to my Brother's place and the hunt began. I was using my Encore with a 300 whisper barrel. That round is a wildcat round developed by JD Jones as a sniper round for our military snipers for close in work assasinations. The military puts a silencer on their rifles and it makes zero noise and good for killing out to 200 yards. Thompson Center's Custom Shop will make that caliber for about $30 more than the cost of a standard caliber, you just have to wait a month or so to get your barrel. I do a lot of suburban hunting where noise is an issue and this baby makes no noise. Basically its a shortened .223 bullet that has been necked out to accept 30 caliber bullets. It has zero recoil and makes about as much noise as a 22 long rifle with no silencer but clips along at 2400 feet per second. I haven't been happy with the bullets from Corbon, (the only commercial shells available) so I bought some ballistic tip bullets bullets and a buddy reloaded 50 for me. So far I have shot 5 deer this year with that round. Encore one shot kills. This doe was 150 yards. I sight in at 100 yds so I aimed a little high. At the shot, she fell down and took off like crazy. My shot hit her exactly where I aimed so very little difference between 100 and 150 yards. She was a double lung shot. Ran out of sight 100 yards? I stayed in the tree and shot a small 4 point buck through the heart at 30 yards. If you look, you can see the exit hole near the rifle barrel. He ran 10 yards and fell down dead. I dragged him to the tractor trail and went to get the doe. She had made it 200 yards from where I shot her. The blood trail was easy to follow. I love my Whisper and I love hunting in the snow.