Sorry! I would get a bolt gun! I bought a Howa 1500 HB that was intended for a Police dept. near me that did not have the correct stamps. I bought it for $475.00. It shoots 7.62x51 or .308 handloads just as well. It has a 22" HB and is not really that heavy for hunting. I changed the original 6-24x40mmAO scope out for a 3-12x42mmAO and have lost zero. There was a time that 700 yards was my thing. Now 400 yards is long. I can load 168gr match, 120gr varmint, 150..165gr sp for a little larger game and it is actually boring at times.
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