The smile on a boys face when holding their new rifle just can’t be beaten. No matter their age. No doubt he’ll get many years enjoyment from that rifle. This makes me smile, I enjoy seeing folks happy.
Very nice Guy. I picked up the same model in .308 a few months back and have nothing but good to say about it. Though a bit heavy I agree mine handles very nicely with a 22" barrel and brake. Action is smooth and one of the better factory triggers I've experienced. I'm sure your boy will do well with it.
Not yet. Only two trips to the range with the Bergara so far. On the first trip, he shot up 20 miscellaneous 7mm Rem Mag cartridges I'd loaded over the past year or so. They all shot "acceptably." Mostly he was just breaking in the barrel, getting sighted-in, and getting familiar with the rifle. Then I loaded another 20, based on the 150 grain Hornady ELD-X and IMR 8133. He shot 15 or so of those on Monday.
I do most of the handloading for his guns too, though he does occasionally use my gear to make some rifle or handgun ammo. I've got some 160 & 175 grain Nosler Partitions that I'm sure will shoot just fine when we load 'em up.
Guy, your experience here is much the same as what I had, when I bought my son his first deer rifle. A couple years ago, he had just completed his EMT training course, and had mentioned that he was thinking of buying a rifle. I told him I would buy the rifle (within budget), but he could pick out what he wanted, and then buy whatever scope he wanted for it. I made a few recommendations, and he did some research and ultimately ended up with the Tikka T3x in 7 mag, and a Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-16x44. I'm personally not crazy about the scope, but it's the one he wanted. However, I've been very impressed with the Tikka. It's a good-shooting rifle.
Next came time to learn how to reload for it. All of the ins and outs, how to select components and work up a load, etc. After developing a good load with the 140gr BT's, he took this young buck with it in the fall.
It's great to enjoy passing on our knowledge and heritage to the next generation, especially when it's our kids. I know you will enjoy this as much with your son, as I have with mine.
Hey Guy, I just watched the video on gavintube while on vacation. That’s a great setup you got your son, and I’m sure it will be great for him. I enjoy that YouTube channel a lot, and it’s always great when your on there! Make sure to post some pics when he gets that first animal with it.
Guy, cannot beat that grin on your son's face. Good to see you both had a blast. I heard good things about Bergara from friends and other hunters. Your son picked the perfect rifle and perfect caliber to take down most North American game. Congratulations to your son.
The 7 Mag was my first bolt gun, bought it in the 1990's, a Sako M995. Same old stock, pillar bedded and a Brux pencil thin barrel topped with a NF NXS scope. Not a tackdriver, but just good enough for hunting and not to hard to lug around.
Man, it doesn’t get much better than that, a solid bolt gun in 7 Rem Mag. I’m sure he knows but his need for anything else went right out the window with that one.
Take a look at the Trijicons, especially since right now places like EuroOptic are selling them on sale for excellent prices. Very solid optics with excellent reticles and illumination. Might be worth having an optic that has a lot of capability to practice with at extended ranges even if he never wants to shoot long on game.
Sharp looking rifle as well. To me, a 7 Rem Mag is really one of the greats. Lotsa factory ammo out there and so versatile if you’re a handloader.