I am wanting to put together a low cost, rugged, bolt action rifle for a teenager. He's a great kid and loves to hunt but is saddled by borrowing rifles from family members and unfortunately most of those rifles are junk or simply not suited for him. The boy needs his own rifle.
It will be used for deer and probably chambered in .308, .270 or maybe 30/06. I want something accurate, with a decent trigger, good quality and rugged enough to stand up to being hauled around on an ATV, dragged through the brush and used in rain and snow. Something that will not turn into a ball of rust after dragging around the timber in crappy weather. I don't want something terribly heavy but heavy enough that it isn't extraordinarily difficult to shoot accurately. A good quality rifle for the field at an affordable price.
I was thinking of maybe a Savage. The ones I've had a chance to shoot are shockingly accurate and they're fairly reasonably priced. I've also considered a Remington 700 SPS but I don't want to have to search for a gunsmith to do a trigger job on it. The last few Remingtons I've handled have had atrocious triggers. The trigger on one stainless 700 .300 RUM was incredibly heavy, creepy and gravelly it was simply appalling. Between the trigger and his wal-mart Tasco scope and rings no wonder the poor fellow couldn't hit deer at 150 yards.
As for scopes I was thinking of a simple 3-9 x 40. Something quality but reasonably priced. A Leupold VX-I or VX-II. Something under around or under the 300 buck mark. I'd kind of like an illuminated reticle scope simply because they're terribly useful due to the nature of deer hunting in my area but I don't think I could find a quality one for 300 bucks.
I'm pretty well decided on caliber. I want a caliber that is common so that ammo prices are more reasonable and he can afford to shoot more. I've pretty much decided on a .308, .270 or maybe 30/06. I open to suggestion on rifles and scopes though. I'm wanting to put something together by late summer so he can get some time behind the trigger before hunting season starts.
I think I'm more excited about getting this rifle for him than I would be about getting one for myself.