Nick's Ruger Hawkeye Predator FTW
I am more of a shotgun guy, but I figured I needed a solid do-everything rifle that could take care of everything I ever needed it to (two legs, four legs, and paper of all weight). I wanted a bolt-action rifle with an overall length of less than 42 inches. It had to be somewhat attractive to the eye, without being so pretty I would be afraid to get a ding in the stock. This Hawkeye Predator meets all of those requirements and, topped with a Nikon Prostaff 7 4-12 x 42, it shot .8125 inch out of the box at the bench. The new synthetic rifles will shoot, but I just can't stand how they feel in my hand. This laminate stock at least looks like wood-ish, but more importantly, it feels good in my hand, and equipped with a Viking Tactical VTAC padded sling, it can be packed out anywhere. And it can shoot.