I purchased 1 mossberg, a 835 shotgun, my son took it over. I'm not a big fan of mossberg firearms and will probably get some differing feedback but, I agree with ronn, save just a bit more and get either a better quality used rifle or a brand new one and I think you'll be happier in the long run. The Mossberg 835 ended up with a small broken extractor pin on the reciever, not a big thing but something that should not happen. The Weatherby Vanguard is a high quality mid-priced firearm. I ended up with 3 Weatherby 270 wm MV's and hate them, the stocks do not fit me very well. One horse likes the titka (spelling?) firearms, and you won't go wrong with Rem, Win, and even the Savage line is very accurate and afforadable. Take your time study some more and shop wisely. In today's economic times you should be able to find a deal on something you will appreciate. 308 270 30-06 280 are all excellent calibers to look at.