I use to frown upon bolt-action rifles because they couldn't lay down the lead as good as a semi-automatic, and to a lesser extent, a lever-action. This may be sad to say for the older crowd, but it was a computer game, FPS, that got me back into them, called Red-Orchestra 2. It showed me that while a bolt-action couldn't lay down as much firepower, in the right hands it was still a great weapon. I was mainly using a Karbiner 98k in the game as a German soldier on the Eastern Front in WWII, which, due to the game, I would consider purchasing one in real life. I really enjoy pulling that bolt back, ejecting a shell and pushing it forward to load another. I've only fired 2 bolt-actions in recent memory, my dad has a Browning .308 that I fired and it tenderized my shoulder after about a dozen rounds. I could fire more rounds, but the next day it makes me regret it. If its that bad on the end of the person firing the rifle, I couldn't imagine being on the receiving end. THe other one I fired, and this was more than 2 years ago, was a British Enfield made in 1944. It was nowhere near as pretty, the piece of wood used to make the rifle looked like some ditch wood (probably since it was made for WWII and not to look pretty) compared to the piece of wood used to make the Browning .308. I recall thinking the .303 kicked too hard, but my tolerance for recoil went up after firing the .308 so I should be able to handle a .303 pretty good. The accuracy of these rifles is amazing. Knowing that the accuracy would be all but spot on (mainly due to the shooter rather than the rifle) I put a can about 75 yards down, which is a small target, and could either almost hit the can, or hit the can every 1 in 3 shots. The damage the round did to the can was about as bad as the .44 magnum revolver I was shooting, but I knew the .308 round was definitely more powerful. If you are looking for a mix of accuracy and power, and the capability of putting a scope on it, which bolt-action rifle would you guys recommend?