I am currently in the market for a new .243 and am looking at a Howa 1500, Browning A Bolt or Tikka T3.
After talking to a gamekeeper friend in Scotland I have been told that a lot of people have trouble with wear on the bolt of Howa Rifles. Has anyone had any problems with this or heard of this? He described it as a sloppy bolt travel after a few hundred rounds.
Does anyone have any views on which of the above would be the best rifle for a bit of general stalking, foxing and range work?
The Howa is obviously a bit cheaper than the other two, but I would rather spend a bit more if it means a better all round rifle!