To many hunters/shooters the rifle they choose to shoot and or hunt with is a simple matter of what "tool" is best at getting the chosen "job" done. To others the decision on purchasing a new rifle means much more to them than the funtionality of it as a tool used for shooting targets and or harvesting game animals. The subtle lines of a fine wood stock, the symmetry of a scope's shape and balance and the manner in which said stock was checkered mean as much to some as the caliber and it's funtion as a paper or fur puncher. I'm curious as to what most of you think about these matters when it comes to your personal decision in choosing a new weapon. I'm poised on the side of a rifle being part tool and part art, made of steel and wood. I look for a rifle that's maybe somewhat traditional in design and that has something that shows it was produced as more than a tool, at least to my eye. There are no wrong answers, simply one's honest opinion on how you look at and respond to these objects known as rifles. After all, if there was no interest in them, you'd be reading poetry or watching TV now, rather than reading about something that obviously provokes some interest and also has some type of effect on you. Thanks in advance for your input.