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I'm going to have to disagree with you guys. I have a couple of Savage rifles, and have watched both my sons drop Texas white tails with them - Model 111 in .270 and Model 11 in .243. (Both are bolt action, by the way!) Mine were purchased before they came out with Accu-trigger and all the new fancy technologies, but they are still quite accurate. While I don't have anything against the "new" rifles that I've purchased over the last few years, I do seem to like the older rifles that have been passed down to me.

Y'all brought a smile to my face when someone mentioned the Savage 99 in .300 Savage. My father-in-law has one that he got years/decades ago in his youth and has many memories that go with it. I also have a Remington Model 81 in .300 Savage, though I haven't done any serious hunting with it, something I plan on rectifying next year.

HN8 - the other guys have posted the best advice possible - you have to find something that is comfortable in your hands, something that will fit your "style" of hunting. If you need something for trailing deer over several miles, then something lighter is what you should be looking for. If you're primarily in a blind or tree stand, then maybe something a little heavier would fit your needs better. Regardless the brand name you decide on, most of them offer a wide variety of calibers to choose from. Do your homework and check on the various bullet characteristics before making your final determination. There are so many to choose from these days, it's really hard to pick just one <grin>.

And by all means, get out and walk the land where you'll be hunting. That way you learn where their trails are, not to mention the best places to put up a blind. It never hurts to know exactly where you're bullets are going either. Safety is one thing that cannot be 'preached' enough.
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