I live in San Diego, there aren’t very many options to handle rifles. I drove 2 hours to buy a tikka with never being able to shoot one... sometimes sight unseen is some people’s only option.These help me decide what to get thread's always make me wonder who helped the person starting them pick out his wife! My advice is pretty much always the same, go handle rifle's and find one you like, kind of like picking out a wife but more serious! These days I think it would be hard to pick out a bad rifle so for me it boils down to what do you like! Say someone convince's you to get one brand and there don't exist in your area. What now, buy one sight unseen? I an a huge fan of round action rifles but I do have a mod 70 I like very well. Get a Friday rifle from the best maker and it could have problems. I think most rifle today, if not all, are very reliable. Get one that appeals to you!
Pretty sure a Bergara Highlander in 280 AI or 7RM will be my next rifle.I love my tikkas but not fan of the factory stock (feels oddly small to me) - all are in B&C stocks now. YMMV. Also have howa 1500 in HS precision stock and love it. But I have a hankering to try a Bergara highlander too. Lots of great options. Pick the one that best fits your frame and your budget.