Best package or another package worth the difference in cost?
I ‘ve read (this site mainly) and estimated prices (Able Ammo, Cabelas) for rifle/scope combo for Fall float trip, hoping for moose and caribou. I am new to hunting and looking to gear up with tools that will last.
Here are the combos I’m considering (below). Rifles would all be 338WM, stainless w/ synthetic stock. I’ve penciled in some scopes to estimate total package prices - to compare the good vs better vs best tradeoffs (if I spend more on the rifle, there’ll be less to buy the scope with).
Option A: seems to like a sound combo for value + quality. Hunters here seem to find the Ruger durable and accurate. It offers controlled feed, reliable extractor design, a reliable, steady performing rifle overall– with good resale value if needed.
Options B and C seem to offer advantages in aesthetics and engineering (smoother action) and maybe better resale value (not many available used). Friends and others I respect have chosen these rifles. I’m just not sure about the reasons to spend the extra money.
Would you pick “more gun” for “less scope”? I would appreciate your thoughts – if there are differences you think I might miss, especially in the field with “just” the Ruger and a very good scope? Thank you in advance.
Option A: Best package:
Ruger M77 Hawkeye with a Leupold VX II, 3.5-10X50 (or similar), maybe $1000 total.
Kimber 8400 Montana with Leupold VX II, 3-9 X 40, approx $1400
Sako 85 SS with Leupold VX I, 3-9 X 40, $1600 neighborhood