Sounds like our wives have us in the same boat. I'm limited to moderate spending or trading for the time being. She's wearing me out about a house!
Are you looking for a rifle/scope package or do you want to mount your own optics?
If the pain is lacking so is the discipline...
"the only 911 call I need is chambering a round" - Mr. Muller, MO car dealer
Look at Stevens 200 and consider .308 but 30.06 to me is where it's at.
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling, which thinks nothing is worth war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than his own personal safety is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless he is made free and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself" John Stuart Mill
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first deer rifle i got and still use is a lee enfield .303 my grand daddy had and gave to me to fix up, it shoots really well ammo is kinda expensive though, 30$ a box of 20 or reloads for about half the price but here in wv ive dropped a couple of deer with it and it worked quite well.
I'm not that up to date on bolt guns but I bought a Rem. 700 in .270 win and I am very happy with my purchase its a nice light weight gun for when you have to hike up and down the pa mountains and as far as the shooting I kept a 1.5 group of 5 at 100 yards and I am not that good of shot lol so in my opinion you can't go wrong with the rem 700