OK, I'll be home from the super-heated sandbox in a few weeks, so I'll have some deployment money coming. I am thinking I need a .375, but as always I'm having a heck of a time deciding which to buy. If Winchester would just bring back the stainless/sythetic version in .375 H&H I would be set, but so far no luck on that. So I'm looking for some advice. Here are my preferences:
1. weather resistant (stainless and synthetic would be perfect)
2. huntable weight (say 9 lbs or less)
3. 24" barrel or less
4. I prefer for the safety to lock the bolt closed--but doesn't necessarily have to be 3 position
5. not too sure about detachable magazines.
6. must have iron sights.
7. I'm not absolutely stuck on CRF, but it would be nice
So with that in mind, here are all of the options that I know about. Deployment money is not enough to finance a custom rig, and these are all the factory options I can come up with.
--Browning A-bolt (don't care for the X-bolts). But in order to get a 24" barrel (vs. 26") you have to get the BOSS which I don't particularly want
--CZ 550. 25" barrel and weighs almost 10 lbs. No stainless steel but now has a Kevlar stock as an option
--Kimber Talkeetna--meets all the requirements above but seems pretty expensive at $2100 retail. Also heard some bad stuff on here about Kimbers...
--Remington XCR or XCR II. Meets most of the criteria above, except safety doesn't lock the bolt closed and not CRF. Also a bit leery of their extractor...
--Ruger Hawkeye--not in the running...been there, done that, got my money back...
--Sako Kodiak. Hmmm...detachable mag and seems a bit expensive at $1700+ (actual prices on Gunbroker.com)
--Weatherby Mark V Synthetic (or Fibermark). No iron sights from the factory or stainless option. But could order with sights and Cera-kote.
--Winchester Safari Express. Not weather resistant and at upper end of weight range. Does anyone make a good synthetic stock for it?
So which would you choose (or did choose) and why? I am also looking in the used market but so far unsuccessfully. This will be my all-purpose "globetrotter" rifle (hopefully I'll get a chance to do some globe-trotting with something other than an M-9/M-16). Thank you for your inputs.