In the lesser price range Merkel is one to look at.
Im the upper ranges just about any of the great old european gun makers such as Holland and Holland, Rigby, Purdy Etc Etc will do. Take a look at Cabelas web site. They have a "fine gun room " section that should give you an idea. It's fun to drool over too.
The Classic Big Five is Beautiful.......
I own Two Kreighoff's. Both Shotguns. A k-80 and a k-20. The quality is everything you would expect it to be. I've shot maybe 75 thousand rounds though my k-80 in six years of competition and practice and the triggers are still perfect. It has been serviced by the factory once but it was just a routine cleaning.
I will own a dbl rifle at some point. .470 NE maybe I'm not sure. I don't have a need at the moment.
When you are ready to buy, Contact Kurt Grates @ Great Lakes Sporting Arms in Walled Lake, Michigan. He will give you the best price on these firearms. On occasion you will see them at Cabela's, but this is not the right place to make a purchase of this type.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...