I have fired a quite a few, Tikka t3 tactical in a .223, GA Precision 700 in a .308, a few ar15's, an 870, ruger in a .338, savage in a .30 06 to name a few. but i have never owned a rifle. I liked shooting the .308 the best. for two reasons. The first being the short action, the second being the accuracy. i realize with my budget i won't be able to afford a rifle that shoots as good as the .308 i was shooting. some rifles i have been looking at have been savage 111 fxp3 remington 770 mossberg 100 ATR budget is in the 500 area with glass. i am aware i'm not gonna get much but i wanna get the most i can so i don't kick myself in the butt in a few months cause i'm not happy, because i was cheap. if thats what is gonna happen i would rather wait and save up more.