I'm in the process of applying for my FAC and will hopefully soon be in the market for a 'pre-loved' 243. Now to be clear from the outset my budget is officially 'as little as possible'. We are talking page 1 on Guntrader here! At the moment that spans sub-£200 up to just about £400 and there are clearly guns out there at that price - not fashionable or bang up to date but presumably up to the task in hand i.e. shooting the occassional Roe deer safely and humanely.
Currently there are:
BRNO/CZ 501/601s (are they the same maker? )
Gibbs Rifle Co (Mauser 98 action)
Ruger M77s (Mk 1 & 2)
and.... (if I have peek onto page 2!) a Howa 1500 at jst over £400
I'm not buying now but I have been looking for a while and this selection seems fairly representative. I know PH are well regarded as are the Howa's and I am presuming the older Sakos could be a good purchase. Of the others are there any you would actively recommend or suggest I steer clear of?
I'm aware condition and history is all-important and will be down to asking sensible questions of sellers and presumably maybe shelling out up front to get my hands on guns on approval, but at a maker/model level what would you recommend?!
Many thanks in advance for your help and advice!