It depends on exactly where in western WA you are looking. I hunt from I-90 Issaquah to Hwy 7 towards Morton. I dont know the coast at all. I could give a few hints if you could be more specific on where you live.
Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.
Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.
So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.
I started with a platform that I love...