i wanna play, too! trying to pick a gun...
first off, i'd like to thank everyone for the wealth of info you've all made available. it's certainly a great service to a person trying to get into the game (like me). even after browsing your posts, i still have a few questions, and i hope that someone might be able to help me pick out a gun.
now that i live by a huge field, i would like to learn to reload and to practice long range shooting. once i feel confident, i'd like to use the new gun for longer-range deer hunting. i'm not concerned about weight, since my trusty old 30-30 is my walk-along-ways gun.
i've pretty much decided on a 7mm rem mag. from reading your posts, it seems that a 26'' heavy barrel would be a good thing. the savage action seems like the obvious choice for me (high quality and cheap), but i'd also like to have sights beneath my scope. is it possible to get both a heavy barrel and sights?
i like the traditional blued barrel and wooden stock, too. oh, and i'd like a removable magazine. i gather from reading here that remington's dm left a little to be desired. are savage's any better? how about browning's? am i correct in believing that the browning dm is the only one that allows you to load from the top, too?
i have one more question. why is browning rarely mentioned on this forum?
if a particular rifle comes to anyone's mind in light of all this, i would be very interested to know what it is!
thanks for your help on this,