I'll shortly be in the market for my first rifle. I've been doing a fair bit of research and looking around and I've decided that for what I'm looking for, for my budget, I'm going for a Browning X Bolt (.308WIN).
I'll be going for one of the eclipse models; I love the stock, it think it looks great and it fits me like a dream.
I am however struggling to pick between the hunter and the varmint.
The hunter weighs in at 3.3kg and has a 20" barrel threaded to M14x1
The varmint weighs in at 3.5kg, with a 24" barrel. There is an option to thread with M18x1.
It will be primarily for hunting, mostly stalking with some possible other quarry. I will however be target shooting to practice. I will definitely want a moderator, so threading is essential. I'm aware the heavier barrel on the varmint may make it better suited to the range than the hunter, and though the weight difference doesn't really bother me; how much of a faff will the extra 4" cause me whilst stalking?
If you have any thoughts/ideas please let me know