I need a new rifle. I have access to the old Lee-Enfield .303s that I've used for years, and more recently I've been using a Lee-Enfield that has been converted to fire the 7.62 x 39 cartridge. These certainly do the business, but I have a hankering for a gun that has a moderator fitted, and which I'd feel confident using for dropping a deer at 200 yards.
I'd like a rifle that uses common, readily available ammo. Not something strange, expensive and rare. So I'm leaning toward either a .223 or a .308
A stainless steel version would be nice.
I've been looking at Tikka, Savage, Mossberg Maverick, Rossi and Baikal. A single shot would be adequate, although I think I'd rather have a bolt action repeater.
I don't know much about Rossi, although they do seem to get mixed reviews. The single shot 'Pomba' can be bought for under $400 new, and I would be mighty tempted to buy one to get me going. But perhaps I should save longer to get something a bit more elaborate. I certainly want a good moderator, and a reliable telescopic sight.
I'd be interested to hear comments from anyone who knows anything about Rossi rifles (made in Brazil I think).
While I was researching the topic, I came across this really good NZ website. It is a new site, but the information there is very useful and interesting. The guy that runs it has a very forthright manner, but he is really helpful and heckuva knowledgable. Here is the link:
So I'm looking out for suitable second-hand rifles already fitted with a moderator.
If you have any comments or ideas, I'd love to read them.
Best wishes from Nelson... Stephen Coote