Please help an advanced beginner who happens to have some pretty good equipment. Please don’t hate me, but I inherited a number of quality rifles and have access to 25 acres of good hunting land for deer, turkey and black bear in VA. I am pretty good with a pistol but fairly poor with a rifle. For a beginner, which is the best for deer hunting with the possibility of a 300lb+ black bear ~125yard max? I have seen been practicing with a Browning .22 semiauto and a Kimber .308 (cheapest ammo). Unfortunately, I’m only making 12” groups at 100 yards standing position. With few months for practice and then hunting, what is my best option? I plan on practicing every two weeks for 2-3 months. Also, which would be best loan to a truly beginning friend? These are bolt action unless otherwise noted:
Kimber 84 .308, +Leupold variable scope, cheap for practice, but a bit light for me to aim very well
Savage 14 .270 WSM +Zeiss variable, ammo somewhat expensive
Remington 30-06+Nikon 4x fixed, trigger is a bit heavy for me given the other options
Marlin 35 Rem Iron sights lever action
Sako 75 Winchester 300 Magnum+leupold variable (kicks a bit too much for heavy practice but not for use) I feel accurate with this one
Weatherby Mark V .240 Weatherby Mag+Leupold Variable – ammo too expensive for practice I haven’t even used it yet ?
Winchester Model 94 30-30 lever Iron sights (I have now inherited two of these)
As for turkey, squirrel, crow, etc. I’m guessing my Remington 11-87 Special Purpose 12 AWG is best. . . but that is another topic of conversation.
P.S. I loathe being the over-equipped under skilled individual. Please consider this an opportunity to introduce one or more new people to the sport!