Re: good basic scope
A Burris 3X9 fullfield with the ballistics plex will probably ring his bell. For a person who doesn't shoot much nor have much need for extreme range it is nice and fast and uncomplicated. The little chart will paste on the stock so you can read off which hash mark means what and do not need to rely on your memory. It will take care of 400 yards pretty well.
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