We picked up some new "hunting tools" this past off-season:
The first a Mossberg 4X4 in 7 Rem Mag for stepson. At first I was a bit skeptical, but this is what he really wanted. What a nice little rifle for the price - from the bench I can put a three-shot group at a hundred yards that a fifity cent piece will cover... This is to be his first year elk hunting with us. He's been shooting it VERY well. We've also had him practicing shooting a 5 gallon bucket at 100 yards while standing. We topped with with a fixed 4X Pentax.
The second, a new Savage 25/06 for those 'yotes/pronghorn/smaller deer. I've never had a rifle in this smaller caliber before but LOVE it! Tossed on a 6.5X20X50 piece of glass on top of this one. As an added bonus wife now goes to range with me and really enjoys shooting this "almost recoil-less" little gem. She looks pretty hot out there too (wife that is!)
Last, but not least, the newest and my real baby; Tikka T3 Lite stainless (also in 7 Rem Mag - boy and I can share ammo as an added bonus) as my own new larger deer/elk rig. Got her out for first time last weekend - OMG, this one's a keeper for sure. Tossed on the DNZ one-piece scope mount, a 4x12 Lupy, and a precision fit Limbsaver pad on it. There's no doubt this baby will be seeing a LOT of time in the Rockies for years to come