Hi my name is Mike,
I have outdoorsaholism, as a child I grew up hunting and fishing in the backcountry of Arizona then after introducing a wonderful bride into my life with her help I was able to get it under control. But after 3 decades of not getting outdoors and staying all stifled indoors I couldn't just couldn't take it any longer-- I slipped. I spent 3 weeks
camping in the "Great Land" that put me over the edge. It's out of control now, I bought a magellen GPS device, I ordered BLM and National Forest maps, I have been shooting a 9mm S&W *just for fun* I even bought an annual pass to the National Forest here where I live, I find myself in the bush, testing the accuracy of the Magellan and scouting for signs of wildlife, fortunately I usually regain my wits and get back indoors and to my computer work station, before too much wreckage has been made of my life indoors. However, my mind is full of ultralight backpacking equipment, tacsol barrel for a new Buckmark, ballistic coefficients, dreams of chasing next years Salmon runs and the Wrangels in the horizon, teaching my son to spot while I shoot and vice versa. How bad can this get. Now for the disturbing news-- General deer season opens in a month here, yes my fellow outdoorsaholics you know the rest of the story and I have the money for huh a deer rifle. Can you help me please, when you help me you help yourself.
I need comments from 7-08 shooters, pros and cons of the different models. I like to walk way back into the bush so would like a full size light model, out of box quarter driller of course, I know nothing of optics, but fully expect to shoot out to 250 yrds in the lowlight of dawn.
Would prefer if possible a box magazine and an action that I could slide one round (single shot) at a time if forced to. I have $1,500.00 budget for rifle,sling, scope, aaaand a reloading outfit leaning towards the Hornady outfit. I even have thoughts of a lightweight stock as I do like light. I know I will be fine and my life will recover once I have this stuff and my son and I have sat a ridge or two.