Re: Looking for a new rifle
Kind of a joke, but if you have free time, you can make some money at it. To get started I would search the net or go to a local (old time) sporting goods/hardware and just ask. The DNR or whatever it is called in Washington should also be informative.
There is still a market, however reduced, for fur. It is more of an excuse to be in outside when all the seasons end.
I am in MI, so we don't have the same terrain, but if there are creeks, ditches, and woods there is stuff to be trapped....
Back to the rifle, I don't know what your budget is, but I would think you could get a used 700/721, Bushnell Trophy scope, and mounts for around $450. If you keep your eyes open and look/ask around you can find a used 700/721 for $300. (at least around here).