Originally Posted by BradArnett
I'd bed the rifle into a used VLS stock. It would be a significant improvement over the factory plastic and would set you back very little. Glass is a personal choice and I run everything from turreted VXII's,III's, Mark4's and Nightforce scopes. My turreted VXII's and III's see the most use on my main killing rifles. 3.5-10 is my preferred power range though I know most guys like more X's out front. I'm used to the 10x's and just prefer them. I've shot a lot of groundhogs from 500-1000yds with just 10x and don't feel handicapped. I have no issues with deer and 10x. I also have no problems with deer and a fixed 6x to 500yds. I just shoot a lot with my glass at long range and have gotten used to it. That's just my opinion on glass and I realize lots of people have other preferences.
Agreed. I've done more long range shooting with 10x and 14x scopes than most people will do in a lifetime.
Given a choice between a high quality 10x scope and a cheap 20x I'll take the 10x anytime.
To the OP don't shy away from used scopes as long as it's something like Leupold, NF, or others who will honor a lifetime warranty.
One great thing about the Leupold's is you can always upgrade windage and elevation knobs, reticles etc through their custom shop.
Personally I'd say go with the 4.5-14x50 Leupold or 4.5-14x44 Zeiss Conquest for someone on a budget that wants the best quality they can get for the dollars.