I appreciate all your advice. I think I'm going with the VX-1 3-9x40. I would love to have a VX-III, but the cost is prohibitive at this time. I cannot justify the expense for a rifle that will see general range and hunting use, but my eye is drawn toward them, that's for sure!
Thanks Beartracker for the nudge toward the Hawkeye. It's an agonizing choice, trust me (I'm sure you do). I think it's one of those cases where my heart is set on the #1 and I've been seeking reasons NOT to get it and to buy the Hawkeye instead. I can;t find a good enough reason to overrule the #1.
- I'm pretty confident that, with practice, I can reload the #1 almost
as fast as a bolt action...at least, I think I could learn to load it fast enough to count, If and When I need that second or third shot.
- Accuracy was truly my main concern. I've read some concerns about the way the forearm is mounted to the receiver, and about the grouping not always being what a bolt action rifle can do.
- I work relatively close to Skeeter Skelton's son Bart and took the chance last Friday to ask him about the #1. I received nothing but praise for both of the Ruger rifles under consideration. In his opinion, I would suffer negligible accuracy loss with the #1, if any at all (with a little luck in getting just that right
barrel on the one I get).
- I know
I'll own of each in the not-to-distant future. So....my reasoning is, with the way things are going, if any rifle's production were discontinued, it would be the #1. I want to own one now Just In Case that malady would transpire. Already Sportsman's Warehouse cannot order any more #1s. They say the rifle is being "discontinued". In talking with them, I said the rifle is still in their current catalog, and that "discontinued" to them might mean the firm is not ordering any more because they're not big sellers. I think they agree with that, but still there's the nagging thought that it could just happen.....it could fall from the line....maybe.
- ALready I'm thinking, after the 25-06, my next rifle would most likely be a 22-250. I don;t think I'd like that round in the #1, but I know I would in a Hawkeye. That rifle will eventually be handled and shot by my daughter in a couple of three short years, as a step-up for her from her Marlin Glenfield .22.
So....with a few more reasons not mentioned, those are the basic mechanics as to how I've arrived, still tentatively
on the decision to buy the #1 in 25-06. It's not final, but I'm trying to put together a scope package so that, whicever rifle I get, I'll have a scope to put on it right away.
And that, my mentors, is how I arrived at this thread......... (((