Re: Spend more on the rifle or the glass?
I think comparing the cost of the scope to the rifle is irrelevant. You buy a scope based on function and quality for the job at hand and pay the cost... same for the rifle. Typically, price of rifle will vary more than cost for scope. A $1800 dollar NF is more than adequate for field long range hunting and shooting to well past a mile. I could have an equally capable rifle built for about the same price. Bells and whistles can drive those prices way up.
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