here recently i bought my first 30-06 rifle, it's a mossberg patriot with a synthetic stock with a built in recoil pad, fluted bolt ( as if i need it, never gets cold enough to cause bolt sticking here in SWLA but still looks nice ), 22'' fluted barrel, adjustable trigger topped off with a 3-9x40 scope, saw it on sale at academy for 279.00 ( reg. was 379.00 so 410.00 after taxes )so how could i not ? i went to my local academy, did a run over on it and it checked out. took it to the range after waiting for a sale on 30-06 ( 16.00 a box after taxs) having never shot anything bigger than my 30-30 in 180 gr i was surprised at how well i was able to manage the recoil. i've heard a few complaints about the patriots but mine is good guy next to me at the range loved the look of the rifle and asked if he could shoot a round being that 30-06 isn't exactly the cheapest caliber i let him shoot a round and he fell in love with it, he offered to let me shoot his FAL and .22 plinkster. only thing i didn't like was the scope, cheap thing and could get something better but oh well i give it a 5/5.