For target to 800-1K, the .308 would be a good option. For deer and Elk, the .308 would be a great option. To 600 yards good for deer, and take very good shots on Elk. To 800, the 308 will be ok, but you need to have good shot placement. For elk at that distance, you will want to step up to 30-06 or bigger. A well placed shot on an elk at that distance with a .308 will work, but a lot will caution you on that here. You need to be using heavy bullet hand loads for that kind of shooting. Nothing wrong with the 06'.
As for scope, for target you will definitely want to shoot the highest power scope you can afford. Some would argue 18x would suffice. Others say higher, some some 10x works. For a low power scope, you want the best glass you can afford for clarity purposes. 4-16 would do plenty for big game hunting. Depending on the glass you might be able to target a groundhog. I had trouble with a 14x Nikon at seeing groundhogs at 1100yds. They would get buried in the cross hairs. 4-16 is a good range. IF it is going to be more specific to target, to with a 6-something power. If you are going to be more specific for hunting, then a 4-12, 4-14, 4-16, 3.5-10 would be a good option. Me personally, I would and have hunted with a 6.5-20 Viper. I shot a deer at 147yds and had to dial down to around 6-8 power to see it well enough to pick my shot. That was on a 4.5-14 Nikon Buckmaster using a .308.
So there you have it with my opinion.
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