I've heard only good things about the charles daly rifles/action. Though I have never used one personally. They are based on the Mauser action so the design is definately time proven. I've looked at a few at gun shops and they seem to be well built. The fit and finish is very tight. I've contemplated building a custom on a CD action, simply because they can be purchased reasonably from Brownells. The true test will be seeing how true and square the actions are from the factory.
I saw a review of Charles Daly shotguns on Guns & Ammo TV a few weeks ago and they said it feels and fires like an Ithaca but Im not sure. I have thought about purchasing one myself. If you get onelet me know how you like it.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...