Hi all, new to this board...have been hunting for awhile and most recently owned a Browning A-bolt in 7mm mag. I've since sold that rifles and now I'm in a toss up. I'm looking at the Browning X-bolt and the Kimber 8400. Earlier today I finally got to see / shoulder the Kimber as well as the X-bolt. (skipping work to get the car a tune up also makes for a great time to visit the gun shop down the road from the car dealership)
So I'm wondering if anyone has owned both, or compared both. The problem is both felt really nice...and I have not fired either. I imagine the X-bolt is a lot like the A-bolt. My A-bolt was the stainless stalker, with the BOSS.
In the 8400 and X-bolt I'd be looking at 7mm WSM
. But wait, there's another twist to me being clueless. I'm in VT and deer here aren't too impressive, 100 lbs to 130 is average I think, bigger bucks approaching 200lbs are pretty rare. A 7mm will do serious damage, so I was also kicking around the idea of another A-bolt in .243 wssm. I've got a feeling many will say to not go that route, but figured I'd toss it out there as it's something I'm contemplating.
As for prices, I can get the .243 A-bolt for $620 - 650 and the X-bolt 7mm for a little over 700. The kimber is a lot more at $999.
Any advice to help me decide?