Originally Posted by Highclimber
Which would be better for a hunting application? From everything I can read they seem to be identical in potential for accuracy and the only difference seems to be stainless vs parkerized, B&C vs HS Precision stock, and fluted vs standard bull barrels.
The Sendero is .5lb lighter, but with a bipod/sling that's close to negligible. I had read some guys had experienced rusting with the Sendero. How is that possible with even marginal care? Isn't that the point of buying stainless? I'm thinking I'm going to go with the 700P but wanted to make sure there is nothing more than aesthetics that the $200 premium carries with the Sendero. Thanks!
(Especially WildRose for being patient and consistently sharing your knowledge)
5lbs is a lot if you are carrying it very far. If you're not, then it's a bonus as long as you are shooting from a supported position because as a rule, heavier is steadier.
I wouldn't want either for a mountain rifle but I'd be perfectly content shooting either prone or from a supported position.
For a guy on a budget who isn't hung up on the aesthetics all else being equal the P is a great choice.