Okay total, complete, and utter hunting rifle newbie here. I was handed down a Winchester Model 70 30-06 bolt action rifle, (manufacture year 1954). It has a Redfield 4x scope mounted. I am going deer hunting for the first time with some friends next weekend and I've never shot the thing before.
I am not new to firearms or small caliber rifles, just larger bolt actions.
So my questions :)
First, I'm pretty short. Only 5'6". I am definitely not a wimp, though. :) Rifle is definitely a solid one, and I don't think I would want to hold it in firing position for hours. It is definitely longer and bigger and more cumbersome than the .22 varmint rifles I have shot in the past. I can get a good sight picture through the scope though. Should I look for a smaller rifle? I don't want to sacrifice accuracy, but if the gun is too big for me I would be sacrificing accuracy anyway.
Second, my other half says I can go get a new rifle (it would be my whole Christmas) if this one isn't the best for me. If I should get a bit smaller gun, what would be comparable, but a little easier to handle for a shorter person? I don't want a cheap garbage gun, I want one that I can hand down to my kids and grandkids, but I don't want to break the bank, either. No custom this or that.
Third, I think I need to go sight in this rifle, it has been banging around for years and traveled through moving house more than once and hasn't been taken out and shot for probably at least two decades. Embarrassingly enough, I don't know even where to start. There aren't any rifle ranges anywhere near me, so I was thinking about taking it out someplace. Any suggestions??
I just don't want my first hunt to be the first time I've ever shot this gun.
Thanks for your help.
(PS--I don't know anyone that can help me with this gun, we just moved 1200 miles and don't really know anyone here yet, definitely no gun/hunting people. The friends I'm going hunting with live 2 hours away, so no help there, either...)