If you could only have ONE big game rifle?

Kingman Cruncher

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As Wet Wool and Meatseeker can attest, I have a hard time pulling the trigger after making a decision. I've been toying with the same idea as VTHunter08. I'd really like my last rifle to be a do-all synthetic. Been looking at the Tikka in 6.5 and the Bergara in either 6.5, 7mm-08, or 270. That said, I have from 243 to 300 Weatherby covered and thinking that an upgrade in glass and stock on one of those is a better option.

Don't even get me started on a new shotgun.
I looked into the Bergera before the savage I just bought, my friend in the industry was pushing me hard on those. I handled a couple at KTP. Quality. But heavy. I think when I checked specs they were all heavier than my other options by a lot. I was looking at what I think they call the b-14. Something to consider.
My friend bought a Tikka this season. Very nice rifle and was my second option. The action on them is fantastic.
 

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I looked into the Bergera before the savage I just bought, my friend in the industry was pushing me hard on those. I handled a couple at KTP. Quality. But heavy. I think when I checked specs they were all heavier than my other options by a lot. I was looking at what I think they call the b-14. Something to consider.
My friend bought a Tikka this season. Very nice rifle and was my second option. The action on them is fantastic.
Thanks Kingman

I handled both side by side last week. The Bergara was heavier but fit me better than the Tikka. I wanted to be WOWed by the Tikka (I'm a Sako fanboy) and left the shop underwhelmed.
 

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That said, there is no wrong answer.
 

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Thanks Kingman

I handled both side by side last week. The Bergara was heavier but fit me better than the Tikka. I wanted to be WOWed by the Tikka (I'm a Sako fanboy) and left the shop underwhelmed.
I am going to agree. I touched them together, and the tikka although a quality rifle there was nothing that jumped out at me that said, I have to have this gun. I thought the Bergara had a nice stock. I didn’t see the timber model in wood, just the synthetic but I liked the feel.
 

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As Wet Wool and Meatseeker can attest, I have a hard time pulling the trigger after making a decision.
Maybe because you don't need it. What you have now is fine. As a matter of fact I bet your first deer rifle would have served you well your whole life. I've done the same thing over the years, many rifles, it's enjoyable but certainly not necessary. I'm always fighting my "you only live once!" and "do you really need it?".:)
 

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Maybe because you don't need it. What you have now is fine. As a matter of fact I bet your first deer rifle would have served you well your whole life. I've done the same thing over the years, many rifles, it's enjoyable but certainly not necessary. I'm always fighting my "you only live once!" and "do you really need it?".:)
My first deer rifle was a Ruger M77 chambered in 250 Savage. It is a great rifle and I carried it a bunch this year. Not a lot it won’t do in the lower 48

just wanting to get something that is lite and beat on able
 

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I’ve been happy with my .308 Savage Weather Warrior I purchased about 15 years ago to relieve myself of some rifle weight. I think it’s a Savage 116, has fake stock, stainless, and great trigger. No floor plate, magazine loads and unloads one cartridge at a time. I guess that might be a deal breaker for many. I shoot lefty, so at the time there weren’t many affordable options for me in bolt action. Good groups with 150 Corelokts, and 150 Fed Premium s with Barnes X bullets. Doesn’t like Fusions. Good luck with the “hunt”
 
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