Another boring guy asking for some help selecting a new gun but lead free this time !
With so many options not viable for California without hand loading I looking for some expert advice. I want a high quality gun I can keep around until I'm a old man if I can have a gun in California then ?
I've been pulling my hair out trying to decipher all this information ever since I joined this site and long before then too. The time has come to start shooting my rifle more often and at longer distances which means time for a NEW GUN
Especially since my dog is old enough to start hunting big game with me, and yes I have been training him towards big game for his entire life but we have more work to do- always !
I tend to gravitate towards big hikes, backcountry camping, and pretty much shooting game in the hardest to retrieve areas you could imagine. I guess thats my idea of fun
Lugging around my old boat anchor of a Ruger MKII is not my idea of fun.
Quail hunting with my new Beretta A400 20ga at 5 1/2 lbs - Now that's fun !!!!
Here is what I have waiting around for the gun
- Vortex Viper 2.5-10x44
- Atlas Bipod
I'm looking for a ready to shoot gun - I don't have space or time to build right now.
Here are my parameters for the gun -
- less than $2000-ish
- less than 6 lbs-ish
- capable of taking down any one of the three elk species we have in California
- shoots factory ammo (no space in my garage and about to remodel the entire house)
- factory ammo available that is lead free as I live in the condor zone - yay !!!!
- able for a rookie to learn how to shoot out to 400-600 yards ?
- stainless barrel and composite stock ( we hunt hard and dirty )
- and of course the caliber ??? I like the idea of the 300 wsm
but It's probably more than I need ? thoughts ?
Thanks for your help guys, hope this isn't too boring of a request !
Toby and Milo