.270 ammo is getting better but at times can be hard to find. I would offer the .308 option as far as calibers. Tikka or Bergera for rifles. On the Bergera, I second whoever said get one that is cerakoted on the barrel and action. The bluing sucks.
Winchester model 70. Buy the grade that fits, get it bedded, put a leupold on it and call it doneHey gang,
I got an interesting question from a friend and thought I'd toss it out to the wider collective knowledge base.
A good friend of mine texted me yesterday and said he was looking at hunting rifles and wanted to know what he needed to be considering. My first reply was, 'What is your price point?" His reply? "I'm not really sure." Turns out, he had received a call from his grandfather-in-law, who told him to pick out a hunting rifle and to consider it his Christmas gift.
Context: My friend hunts turkey and deer maybe two or three times a year on his GFIL's (grandfather-in-law) property and uses one of the rifles they keep there (a .270, the round he wishes to stick with). Unless something drastically changes, he's not a gear guy and doesn't really go down the rabbit hole on anything, unlike most of us on here. His reply to why he's shooting a specific brand of ammo will most likely be, "Because it was what they had at the store down the road." So...not obsessive about his gear. Having said that, he does understand and appreciate quality and wants to get something a step up from the "intro" lines that most companies make. His GFIL has money and is generous with it, so $1k to $1500 for a rifle would be a drop in the bucket, but my friend wants to be conscious about not trying to take advantage of his GFIL's generosity (as other family members have done in the past).
I throw this out to y'all because between 2 two year old, a job change, and another kid about to arrive, I've spent the last two years just cruising with what I have (Rem 700 in 30-06) and haven't been plugged into the wider hunting rifle world, so to speak, and don't want to give him outdated info limited by just my experience.
So any suggestions on rifle manufacturers that have served y'all well will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, folks!
6.8-06!Sounds like he's a casual hunter, a "casual" rifle with decent optics would be the route take.
Steer him toward a $400 rifle with $300 scope.
Have a Rugar American in 6.8mm-06 among other brands and calibers. It's a tack driver of a rifle and comfortable to shoot.
2nd Bergara. I’ve been a tikka and Sako fanatic for last 7 years but my first Bergara is more rifle for the money than my tikkas or sakos.Bergara ridge series or whatever you prefer from them, Browning X-Bolt, Tikka T3x, Weatherby Vanguard, those would be my few choices to look into.