Originally Posted by blueshield67
I'm looking for something in the .308 caliber.... What would be a good scope to go with this rifle?
The 308 is a great caliber,and it will shoot 1000 yards,but there are so many other calibers that will do it with better bullet trajectory.
Like J.D said,having a rifle that you use to hunt with,and shoot long range is a hard proposal depending on how you hunt.
For most long range rifles,you'll want a heavy contour barrel so you can shoot multiple shots and the barrel heating up won't affect the accuracy much.
A sporter contour barrel will be just as accurate as a heavy barrel in most cases the first shot,but after that,the heating of the barrel will affect POI when the barrel gets hot.
I have several long range rifles,all with heavy barrels.They weigh between 10-17lbs with optics.I also hunt with most of them,but I'm not tracking up and down mountains with them.I have lighter sporter weight rifles for those types of hunting.
Optics-For most hunting applications,you can use lower quality optics and they will work just fine up to 300-400 yards.
For Long range shooting,the optics needed will run at the lower end about $1000,and they go up to several thousand for the best optics.
If you can't see the target,you can't hit it!
Buy good equipment to begin with,and you'll only spend money on it once.
It also takes a lot of range time,working up precision loads for your rifle,and then a lot of practice behind the trigger to shoot as good as you and your rifle can.
You almost have to reload to shoot at longer ranges.Very few rifles will shoot their best with factory ammo,you have to find the perfect load for each barrel.