Hi Guys, I have booked a Dall Sheep hunt and have to decide between two rifles. The rifle I want to take, but is heavy, is a pre 64 Win \model 70 in 30/06 with a 24 inch barrell. This is a fantastic rifle, very well ballanced which they are noted for. I use it when moose hunting and stand hunting for whitetails.
The second rifle is a Browning A Bolt, also in 30/06 with a 22 inch barrell, with a 1.5x5 Leupold scope which I use mostly for whitetails where I am walking a lot and it carries nice. The Winchester weights about 9 1/2 lbs with a 3x9 Bushnell scope. I haven't weighed the Browning weighs but it is noticable lighter than the Winchester.
The obvious choice is the A Bolt but I have much more confidence when shooting the Winchester. Shooting offhand at say 150 yards the Winchester will provide much better groups because of the balance and extra weight. But sheep hunting shots will most likey be from a good prone position so I am leaning towards the A bolt but would really like to take the Winchester. Any comments would be appreciated.