If you've ever banged an expensive rifle/scope against a deer stand or tree like I have you tend to re-evaluate priorities. I decided I don't need 1500 bucks worth of rifle to kill a deer. Now I hunt with a .308 Win., Mossberg 100 ATR, with the LBA trigger, and the generic 3X9 scope that came with it. Great trigger, plenty accurate, and $299.99 plus tax at Academy.
Now if you're going to shoot in rifle matches you might go with something a little more expensive.