Ok, so I haven't found my dream gun, that'd be the Browning copy of the Winchester 1895 in 30-06. But I have found my dads dream gun, the Browning Model 81 in 308 win. My dad died a few years back, and never got to own one. I was talking to one of our local pawnshop owners the other day at the grocery store. He knows that I like Brownings, and told me to come by the shop. The next day or so I managed to get by, and what he had took me back a bit. It was the gun my dad had always wanted, in perfect condition. It's the older style with the straight stock. And looking at it, you couldn't tell it had ever been fired.
So here is my question. I hunt with a Remington 700 BDL now (308 win), I like the gun, and have only one issue with it. I don't like crrying it when I am stalk hunting. It is a longer gun, and of course a bolt action. I ussually carry a 30-30 lever gun when stalking, or hunting out of woods stands, using the 700 for field stands where the shots can be up to 500 yards. Would that Browning 81 serve both uses? If so my daughter may be about to inherit my 700. She is using a borrowed HR in 243 now, and really needs her own gun. I'd like a rifle that handles easy, and I like the feel of the Browning just handling it in the shop. But I would also like to have the accuracy to shoot 500 yards. My 700 is a 308 win also, so I know the balistics for the round well.