I have a slot for a 30-06 on my licence and am in the position of being able to fill it up now.
The rifle will be used for African plains game, potential boar shooting and occasional use here in the UK if I fancy a change from the .243.
I've had a look at several rifles around the £1500 mark and have narrowed it down to the two in the thread title.
I don't want to go Sako or Tikka as everyone I know seems to shoot them and I prefer to be different.
Thought about a CZ but although the prices are good, I can't warm to them.
I looked at a Sauer 101 and although the action was silky smooth it didn't give me the warm and fuzzies and because I own a rifle for enjoyment and sport rather than necessity of a job, the warm and fuzzies when picking up my rifle are important.
So I like the Mauser M12 and have always secretly desired a Mauser even though it is the bottom end of the range and from the Blaser/Sauer factory etc.
I also like the Steyr Mannlicher CLll, I own one already (classic halfstock as opposed to CLll) and I'm one of the minority (seemingly) who like them.
The rifle will have a wooden stock because that's my preference and it's for enjoyment rather than a working tool.
The Mauser stock seems more sturdy than the Steyr which is a factor if I'm going to travel with it but it's not so pretty. I like the Bavarian style.
The rifle will not be moderated and barrel replacement is not going to be an issue.
So, I thought I would garner the opinions of the forum members and ask, if it was your money and taking into account the points I've made above and not telling me I should buy a Sako or Remington or to get a plastic stock or different calibre etc, which would you choose?