Rifles for Biathlon
It's been a few years since I did this, ok...MANY years. Back in the day the Anshutz and Krico were the best rifles. Yeah, all are many thousands of $. Marlin made a good attempt at a bolt action Biathlon rifle, but it was VERY slow compared to the toggle actions. Sights were mediocre at best. Savage did the same, an ok gun, slow to shoot, sights were decent but not up to snuff for biathlon.
You really do get what you pay for with the higher end rifles. Superb toggle actions, moderately rugged sights and rifles that are incredibly accurate.
Biathlon is an enormous investment, skis, gear, rifle, ammo, then travel to where you use all this fun stuff.
As a side note, some of the biathloners are really NOT into guns, it's just a tool to win medals, seriously..... I have seen some of the most rusty non-maintained firearms at biathlons! They might run a patch down the bore after, but the outside is wet/icy and they show a ton of wear and tear.