Hi, I am planning to buy my first rifle and after reading all the discussions on calibre have just ended up confused so have decided on a .243, so FAC application in and now need to decide on a gun. I have been shooting an old Tikka and it seems fine to me, so my first thoughts are a Tikka T3 synthetic stainless but after other comments on here I have started looking at the Sako 85 and aesthetically it is more appealing to me but is it really worth the extra money? I can convince the purse holder that I need to spend more money but will I be able to convince myself? From what I read on here I will not be disappointed by the T3 and am a bit loath to spend more money than is necessary on my first gun, but also do not want to end up selling for something "better" after a short period. I shot a cheap Rizzini shotgun for 20 years and last year changed to a Beretta, it hasn't improved my shooting but does look a lot nicer! will the same be true of rifles?
Also, I guess that stock length is as important on a rifle as a shotgun, should I be looking for a similar length as my shotgun?