Here's my experience, my ideas and my recommendations: During my 50 years of hunting I've owned several Remingtons, Rugers, Winchesters, Savages, and one Tikka. They were all good, dependable and in the same price and performance ranges. You can't go wrong with any of them. The most accurate of all of these, by far, is the Tikka T3 Lite. It has a super smoothe trigger pull, and seems to just put everything through the same whole. The manufacturer guarantees it to shoot a 3 shot group into one inch @ 100 yards.. and it does. Also, if you check the current prices, you will see that it is a lot less expensive than most of the others I have named. HOWEVER, you mustn't overlook the importance of how a rifle fits you. Is the length of pull right, what about the weight, does it seem to balance and carry comfortably? My recommendations are to shoot some of these, or any rifle in which you might be interested if you can, before buying. Buy the best rifle you can afford, and do the same when you purchase a scope. Good luck.