Well, if you remember when I first joined this group I had a friend who is going to teach me to hunt. I am 55, disabled and moved to Montana about 1 1/2 years ago. I have never hunted or even shot a gun my whole life so this is a big step for me. Most everybody around here hunt Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer & Elk. While there are other big game animals like Moose, Antelope, Bear, Mountain Lion, Big Horn Sheep etc..., the vast majority of hunting is for deer & elk.
My friend runs an action house and had one particular rifle in mind in an upcoming auction for me.
Unfortunately someone bid $675, where my friend said I shouldn't go more than $500 for this rifle.
So I have been researching hunting rifles on the internet and finally decided on one specific rifle: The Howa Hogue GameKing Package combo in .25-06 cal.
It is suggested retail for $610.00 but, I found it for $499.99
at Shiptons Big R West
. I have seen this exact rifle for sale on the internet for $610.00 and higher yet, most all of them said they were out of stock.
I was advised by many people to go with the .25-06 cal. rather than the .270 cal. because of the felt recoil.
Everybody said the .25-06 cal. does everything the .270 cal. can do with a reduced recoil.
The Howa Hogue GameKing Package comes with a Nikko Stirling 3.5-10x44 GameKing Scope.
Here is a picture showing all the features:
So, what is your opinion on this Company, this Rifle and Caliber?
Keep in mind my particular situation, being new to Hunting, Disabled since 1996. I already purchased my General Deer & Elk license and sent in my application for Hunting from a vehicle. I don't know that I will use the hunting from vehicle but, since I qualify I thought why not get it, it is a Lifetime privilege. I also have the disabled Hunting & Fishing licenses which are also for a Lifetime.
If it makes any difference, I live in the South-West corner of Montana, about 50 miles north of Yellowstone National park