I'm on the hunt for a new rifle. The primary use of this arm is deer and hog hunting. However, it will need to be sufficient for a few one-off hunts for the following:
What I'm looking for is:
* Lever action
* Pistol grip
* ...uh, preferably not made in Japan like the Browning BLR although I love the look of...
I also like the look of the Marlin 336 in stainless but it's a 30-30 (insufficient power - maybe not depending on range??).
I posted this same message to another forum and was harassed saying that I shouldn't be factoring in the look and style into a purchase. However, to me firearms are not solely function - they are form too. *If* I can't find the form I want then I'll reevaluate as necessary.
So I'm looking for feedback on two things. Rifle suggestions and caliber recommendations.