I'm just wondering how necessary it is to fit a moderator to a stalking rifle. Given that you probably won't fire that many shots reference hearing damage and after the first shot at a deer does it really matter reference disturbance.There's also the extra weight and balance shift with a mod.
I currently use a moderated .22 hornet for foxes but that's really to minimise disturbance to neighbours although it has enabled me to take another fox while the first tries to figure what/where.
I haven't got a stalking rifle yet but I'm looking at probably a .308 and given the cost of mods I'm thinking of initially putting the money into the rifle/scope and leaving the mod till I can afford.
I'm wondering how many do / don't use a mod?