Ok, so i'm on the lookout for a budget ($700 max) 30-06 over here in the US of A, I will only own this for a few years and then will be selling as I cannot take it back with me and already have a T3 30-06 in the UK hence the requirement for it to be lower priced.
It will be used for range and hunting pig, deer and possibly some other big beasties if the opportunity comes up...
I am familiar with the UK/Euro brands and a few of the US but there seems to be some difference in the models here.
The ones that keep getting put infront of me in the gun shops are -
Remmington (770) comes with a cheap scope for $229 - I have been told to avoid these and also read this on the web.
Ruger (American) around $300 it feels a little cheap to be honest.
Mossberg ATR $330 with scope - looks and feels ok but I have no knowledge of these (i know they make an ok shotgun!)
Thomson centre/venture $300 - again no knowledge of these.
Tikka T3 $650 I know these are good but have one so want to try something else for a change.
Savage Axis XP accu trigger model $340 no knowledge of these but a freind has a 17hmr 93 savage and it seems ok.
Mossberg Trek - $350 - no knowledge again.
Winchester mod 70 - $400 used but I hear good things
Springfield 03 used - $420 no knowledge.
Browning A bolt $560 - don't really like brownings usually
Browning X bolt - $580 see above.
Rem 700 = $700 ok but tha last one I shot had an awful trigger.
Weatherby vangaurd - owned one before but the trigger was awful.
So what are the thoughts, any info/opinions on the above?
The other point is they have semi-auto 30-06's here (remmington 742's mostly)....which is appealing due to the fact I wont get that in the UK! but are they any good? must be a hard hitting semi-auto!
Having a sauer at home has spoiled me....