I think where the problem comes in is with, "Think they are worth the extra dollars". Most all the rifles made today are functional , safe and will last many years. I don't know what the Browning costs but if YOU like it and the price is not objectional, it's worth the extra dollars. You can spend many thousands of dollars on guns and in the end what we want is a bullet to come out the end safely and fly true. That about it. Anything beyond that is embellishment to justify a higher cost.
I was looking at a Kimber SxS in a magazine today in 16ga. I really like the looks of that but, it doesn't do anything my present 16ga won't, an AyA Matador. But if I had the money...........................Yes it would be worth the money!
If you can find a Winchester feather weight, or a classic sporter I would highly recomend both ! the actions come glass beded and the bbl is free floated. The pre 64 claw extractor on both model is the best action I have ever used. I own two Sako deluxe a few rem 700 and one kimber, also some rugers and brownings, and the Winchester classic sporter I have is the best rifle out of all.
They can be had for around $800 and remember the Winchester company is gone so the rifles are always a good investment. 1inch group out of the box no problem! good triggers ! Winchester does make some junk but those two models are the best they make.
I have the Browning A-Bolt in 300 wsm and can't say enough good things about it. Accuracy is excellent (I've been shooting conistent 1/2" groups with handloads) and the overall design is excellent from a functional standpoint. It's not the prettiest, but then I'm not taking it to a fashion show either. You can also order spring kits from timney for just a few bucks that allow you to lighten up the trigger if you like - although the factory trigger isn't bad at all - and it takes all of two minutes and the intelligence and motor skills of a chimp to install them.
I looked at both the montana(kimber) and the stalker and medallion(browning) and they are both great rifles I ended up going with the browning for cost reasons as well as the fact that they seemed to both have about the same build qaulity. That being said Im not sure which one I would have chose if they were the same price. Im pretty happy with my stainless stalker and so is everyone else that I talk to. But I havent met anyone who has owned a kimber so I guess my opinion maybe slightly under informed.
I've spent countless hours either on my hands and knees or bent over, messing up my back, looking for blood. One such instance I remember most was a hog hunt a few years ago in Mississippi. I had never shot a hog so when I poked a hole in this guy; I was determined to find him. Wearing snake leggings, I crawled on my hands and knees through the briars and the brambles and bushes where a rabbit wouldn't go. I found a spot of blood here and there but never the pig. And lucky for me, I didn't find...