Re: starting out what type of rifle to use
I just picked up a Remington 700 VS in .308 for $650, and that was supposedly the LE discount. Add a set of bases and rings for ~$75 and you are up to $725. A decent scope that I like is the Tasco SS10x42 scope, a fixed 10x that is rugged as hell, for $300, so you are now at $1025, plus tax. Alternately, you could get a Savage 110FP or FVSS for probably at least $150 less than the Remington, probably more, though you will have to make up some of the difference w/ a decent trigger, as most people don't like the factory Savage trigger.