Talk about putting words in peoples mouths. You boys need to sit down and chill. If I recall correctly you were the two that started on the whole accuracy thing and how unless a gun shot sub moa it wasn't worthy of your notice, and you berated guys using lever guns but then you get your panties in a knot if some one says something that makes you wince. I never said that you take a bench rest gun to the woods nor did I call you a snob but if it bothers you that because you come across as being too good to walk in the same woods as a guy with in your words an inferior fire arm then it is not necessary for any one to infer or label you as such. But hey to each their own its a big world and I didn't notice any law that says I can't have a different opinion than some one else. I choose not to look down on others for their choice of equipment and make rude comments when they say things that are true. You can hunt with a five thousand dollar gun with a three thousand dollar scope and I don't care but you should not be telling me or any one else that because we chose to use something other than that, it is inferior or junk. I shoot an old 6.5 X 55 and it is very accurate with a cheap 3-9x40 power Bushnell scope on it, I took the creep out of the trigger and have it break at a crisp 2.5 lbs If I were to restock it and float the barrel would it kill deer and black bear any better for me?
Any way this is way of the original topic which was a guy asking what choice some of us would make for a deer caliber and he had three choices then he asked about a scope for on top of what ever he chose not what the rest of us think on the subject of accuracy. And I believe he gave an indication as to price range, though I could be wrong.
I would choose the .308 and any of the mid range of scopes. If I could I would go with a scope with Carl Zisse (sp) lenses as they are reputed to be the best at least when it comes to cameras so I would think the same would apply to rifle scopes.
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