hey everyone. I have been on the hunt for a good LH bolt rifle. I stumbled across a nice Mod 70 classic in 300wm and was impressed, but i would rather go for a 30-06. it seems the 06 would be better for the sitka black tail in kodiak and be able to bag a moose. not to mention i am planning on getting to know this rifle really good, so less recoil and more cost-effective ammo is a serious benefit. This will be my first larger hunting rifle (other is a BLR in 243).
Anyways I wandered over to frontier and they had three LH bolts in 30-06. A Ruger M77 Hawkeye, Tikka T3 lite and Savage 116 w/ accutrigger(M77: ss/grey walnut, others: ss/synthetic). The ruger and savage were the same price which caught me by surprise, and the tikka was about $100 more. I guess the savage is one of savage's best models. After looking each one over i really liked the ruger despite the rougher action and extra weight. My overall favorite however was the mod 70 classic.
So my questions are:
1. why should i pick 300wm over 30-06? and vice versa, how will either limit me? I am not too concerned about this question, i am pretty much set on the 30-06. I do not generally agree with the whole "magnum or nothing" mantra that seems really popular among some riflemen.
2. what are important features of those three rifles in 30-06 that would be presented in a comparison. I am not looking for brand loyalty here because i am already liking the ruger already but feel free to throw it in. I am more concerned with stats(eg free float, weight, etc.).
I am not really new to firearms but i don't know what half the stuff is on bolt rifles. I did read a good thread on CRF vs PF, however i still can hardly consider myself an expert and am looking for things i may have missed or overlooked.