I am in the process of choosing my first rifle for deer. I had pretty much settled on a Sako 85 Stainless Synthetic (thank you for your answers to my last thread)
However, this weekend I read an advert from one of the big retailers in Shooting Times. They were selling the Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter in the calibre I am after. I rang the shop up to find out a bit more.
The bloke from the shop was pushing me very stongly towards the Steyr. He was (kind of) rubbishing Sako and Tikka rifles in the process. I appreciate that everyone has their own preferences but most of the people I’ve spoken to have said that I won’t go far wrong with a Sako.
I eventually got a quote of £1060 for a Pro Hunter with synthetic stock and plastic coating on the metal parts, Wildcat mod and Warne rings and mounts. The price includes postage to my local RFD. It is quite a bit less than the cheapest Sako package I've seen.
My question is, personal preferences aside, how does the Steyr compare with a Sako 85 in terms of build quality, reliability, longevity, accuracy etc. If there is not much between them on these things then the Steyr at the price quoted looks like good value.
As ever, I am grateful for your help with this.