Re: What Rifle To Buy?
I would make a point no matter what rifle you choose (if it was me I would get an Accumark in 30-378 with a brake and cap).
If your friends all missed, try not to add your name to that list. The rifle is not going to kill anything without you doing your part of the job. Long range shooting of animals requires long range practice shooting at targets. This is early January and almost exactly the day last year when my daughter asked if she could go with me hunting. At that time she had never fired a centerfire rifle in her life and had never had a hunting license. I started her right away shooting F-class competition at 1K with a 308. Each and every month we went and shot and by the time hunting season rolled around she knew a lot about long range shooting and was very very good. She still knew nothing at all about hunting and nothing at all about long range hunting. Those are two different things. The first time she had elk to shoot at she actually rolled off down the side of the mountain because her shooting position was so unstable. It would have been funny except that she had the rifle at the time. So, you need to have a practice rifle in a nominal caliber that will tolerate a high round count and you need to some regimen of practice. Additionally, you need to get your hunting pack together and go out into the woods and try to get setup and get a round fired at a long range target. This is not a trivial point. Actually having all of your gear properly organized and ready to flop down on the ground to take a shot is extremely important. Being able to look around and see the spot that will allow you to set up is important. On the same trip, I was with my son when we spotted elk and we were on a side slope with grass and bushes such that there was just no way to set up. We had to climb 100 yards up to a rock pile and then rearrange rocks in order to stabilize the shooting position. In the end a bull never showed so no shot was taken but the point is that there is a lot more to it than selecting the rifle. Grit posted a story about shooting a cow elk and he had to haul rocks to get a stable shooting position. Sometimes people think I am crazy when the first thing I do is to start looking around for flat rocks but nice big flat rocks are a valuable commodity.
Practice on the range and practice out in the woods.
Perhaps you already knew all of this but it just seems to me that getting enough practice is the stumbling block for a lot of people.
The Smokin Fur Rifle Club