The Winchester mod. 70 is a fine rifle and has proved its self. The ruger M77 is a nice rifle also the new savage rifles or nice also. Don't forget about the ruger all American and the marlin X7 models. Also for optics you can spend over a grand on scopes. I had a Leupold
on a rifle and sold it and went to Nikon. lot less money and could not tell the difference. Nikon prostaff 3x9x40. Also don't forget scope mounts. spend the extra money and get the DNZ dead nuts scope mount. well worth the money. I hunted with my old pre 64 win. 30/30 for a few years and saved up some money and kept my eyes open for a good deal. I picked up a browning Abolt in 270 with Nikon scope and DNZ mounts for $350 from a guy that needed cash. Nothing wrong with getting a used rifle if its an up grade.