I am currently looking for my first rifle, I am not fussy or snobbish about makes or models, I just want something that fits right. After shooting a few friends guns and trying many in shops I am still left a little disappointed. The problem I have is; I, (so I am told) have a long neck and also long arms in relation to my body, I am 6' tall with an arm span of 6'4". All the scoped rifles I have tried leave my cheek barely brushing the stock when I have a clear view thru the scope, on some guns there is no contact at all. I picked up a mannlicher today with iron sights and it fitted perfectly, but as soon as you put a scope on it I struggle to find a natural position. I spoke to a gunsmith who looked at my stance and suggested that I get a stock with a bit of extra pull and a higher comb, this would mean a custom effort or an ugly modification on an existing gun.
Any thoughts on this?
I am used to shooting with iron sights on air rifles and have no problem with these, I recently shot a browning bolt off the bonnet of a landy at 100m and could only manage a 4" group, I feel I could manage better with a better fitting gun. Anyone have any suggestions as to an out of the box solution? I will spend good money to get what I want.