Success! Work buddy wants the 700 Target Tactical now. Another note... he is moving to Hawaii. I recommended he get the rifle BEFORE he goes. This is a bad state for firearms, but the CW is Hawaii is worse. You need a permit to purchase or transfer ANYTHING it looks like. He'll need to register his rifle when he arrives.
I am in a bit of a sticker shock on that model and I don't know why it's price is so high. I am used to perusing the $700 left hand rifles, and wonder why THAT one is $2k. It's not a $1300 stock, right?
He may settle for, and be happy with, a Remington 700 VTR, instead. $800 for the rifle, $400 for the Leupold scope. Plenty of goodness to settle into. By the time he shoots the barrel out he'll know what $6000 rifle he wants.
And, my work here is done.
Sorry 'bout that... - Been out most of the day today helping Bobbi go car shopping. Alas, despite leaving behind me a careful trail of grappa and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano lead...
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