I’ve been kicking around the idea of new rifle, so this review is nicely timed. The 18 Best New Hunting and Precision Rifles, Tested.
Some of the rifles reviewed are straight forward hunting rifles. Some are clearly more for the bench-rest crowd. A couple list for under $700, but one is north of $6,000. Most are in the 1000 to 2000 dollar range. Or a bit more.
I think the thing that is stopping me more than anything else is the bewildering choices of chamberings. 35 years ago I would have purchased a .308 Winchester, and not thought about it. I’m pretty sure that is what my uncle’s hunting rifle was. (My dad was more into hunting pheasants and waterfowl.) 6mm Creedmore, 6.5mm Creedmore, 300 PRC, 7mm-08 Remington, in addition to 300 Winchester Magnum and .308, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few.
And none of them are legal for deer hunting in this state.
Cost of ammo is also an issue, though I suppose buying a precision rifle means buying reloading equipment, a chronograph, and all the other accoutrements and in general starting down that rabbit hole. But ammo prices vary wildly, with some of the options seeming to be prohibitively expensive. (I need lots of practice!)
But then there is .45-70 government, which is one of the preferred deer cartridges in this state. (A couple of gun stores around me usually have the Henry in stock.) But the ammo isn’t cheap.
Hat tip to The Captain’s Journal.