I'm going to be looking for a useable, reliable 308 and the over-riding consideration is going to be price. I know there will be second hand options to be had but if I'm honest I'd be more comfortable with a new gun as I've got no experience to judge what is a decent used buy (condition etc.). Also keen on a synthetic rather than wood stock.
Looking at Guntrader the first new gun that appears is the Ruger American (£399). Online reviews seem favourable and while it's nothing fancy it seems to have a good trigger, decent magazine and be accurate enough as a hunting rifle. Beyond that price range the next obvious option is the Howa, which may well be a step up but if I'm honest the extra £150 could be better spent by me on scope mounts, bipod, ammo etc. I'd also like to have some prospect of picking up a cheap 22lr at some point for cheap pratice.
So, any real experience of the Ruger out there? I know it won't be a Tikka T3 but there's no real point going there as I can't afford one of those, even second hand.