I have had a 243 since I was 17 - started with a Parker Hale and traded it in for a Tikka T3 Hunter a few years ago. To date over the years I have shot mostly roe and a few red each year. I decided to add a 308 to my collection and had the variation to my FAC approved. I have been doing a bit of reviewing of my options and whittled it down to the following choices:
- Tikka T3X Lite - I can't fault my Hunter in 243, but fancy an all weather stock this time. The recent upgrades to the T3X are all positive and like the second option for the pistol grip as I get small attacks of arthritis in my finger joints from time to time.
- Browning X-Bolt Hunter Eclipse - I have always fancied a thumbhole stock as I like how solid it feels when you are holding it. It also would help when I have an arthritis attack.
- Mauser M12 Impact - I liked the feel of it when I put to my shoulder at the recent Deer Stalking Fair at Kelso.
I have read up on them all on the internet and various reviews etc, but thought I would see what my fellow hunters on The Stalking Directory who have used any of the above thought of them before I make my final decision. Any thoughts, pros, cons, comments pluses or minuses would be gratefully appreciated.
Thanks in anticipation of your responses.