[QUOTE=diggsbakes;404846] I'd bet you're eventually gonna want to shoot beyond 200 yards, especially with that gun. Sure, most of your shooting will take place from 0-200 yds, but you should consider an optic that is capable of reaching a bit further.
Thats some pretty good advice right there! The rifle you bought and your plans for it kinda says BIG scope.
The higher the magnification of the scope, assuming you have the other variables under control, really helps the precision placement of the bullet.
I'm thinking that you probably will be doing most of your shooting from a bench or other type of rest, off bags. With the bull barrel that's a heavy rifle to shoot off hand. It can be done, but it doesn't sound like you bought it for that.
I do most of my shooting from a bench because I'm old and lazy. I figured out a long time ago that bigger "is" really better. From a rest you can use "bigger" powered scopes because the rifle stays steady. You probably won't be shooting moving targets and target acquisition time is not a factor, heck ya got all day!
I guess what I'm saying is to buy the highest magnification needed for what you want to do with the rifle today and In the future. Maybe at 200 yds with a 6x24x40mm scope you can hit a clay bird target laying out there in the dirt every time. Put a straight 40 or 50 power scope on the rifle and you can pick "which part" of the clay bird you want to hit! The object looks that much bigger!
This is just what works for me and I'm sure everybody has their own ideas. Also I don't know what you want your rifle to do?
Here is one I built similar to yours. This has a 24"x.960 Bull Barrel and has only been shot once at 100 yds and that was just to make one ragged hole.
Mainly its used at 200 yds or further. Right now it has a straight 40 power scope on it. Its not enough for what I want the rifle to do. It will have a 50 power on it by warm weather. Remember too that the higher magnification gives you an edge closer in also. That quarter the guy is shooting at with his little scope will look like a pie plate to you!
Price wise, you can go from 100 bucks to 4 times what you paid for the rifle?
This is just my slant on things. Whatever you do, thats one fine look'in weapon there! Good luck, Ken
PS - diggsbakes, sorry to keep quoting you! Could you say something I disagree with so I can Stop!!!! Please!!!