If $160 pissed your wife off, you need to be ready for a regular dose of that as this sport is not cheap. Of course, the positive side of that argument is all the making up!
For your rifle, here's a general list of stuff you might want to have and or do:
1. Optics - buy the best scope you can put on the gun. The old adage of 'buy once, cry once' definitely applies here.
2. Trigger Job - most factory triggers are too heavy. Lightening the trigger pull is something you can probably do yourself. Look to get your trigger pull at 2.5lbs or less.
3. Stock - generally speaking, factory stocks are not that great. If this is true in your case, replace the stock with a decent after market stock (check out Stocky's New Rifle Stocks - America's Gunstock Specialist!
4. Action Bed - once you have your rifle, take it out and shoot it. If it does not shoot up to your expectations, you might want to consider bedding the action into the stock.
Gun Box (recalled from memory and in no particular order)
1. Cleaning Materials - cleaning rod, nylon brushes (don't use metal ones), loop for patches.
2. Bore Cleaner - I use a cleaner made for removing copper (Sweets). Copper is your enemy. Don't worry too much about powder solvents.
3. Bore Guide - a nice tool that makes bore cleaning easier and will help save the throat in your barrel.
4. Tools - hex keys, screwdrivers etc. - anything you need to tighten/loosen every screw/bolt on your rifle.
5. Torque Screwdriver - always good to have action screws, screws for bases and rings exerting the same pressure. http://www.midwayusa.com/product/718...ch-screwdriver
1. Spotting Scope
2. Rear Bag (I use the 'Holland Field Bag' Shooting bags and rifle rests, by "dog-gone-good"
3. Bipod - get a Harris that both swivels and has notched legs. A 6-9" is my go-to but I also have a 9-13"
4. Chronograph - even if you don't reload, it is VERY helpful to know the velocity and consistency of the ammo you are shooting (a Shooting Chrony is a good inexpensive option Shooting ChronyŽ Models & Master ChronyŽ Models
5. Ballistic Software - given good data (ballistic coefficient of the bullet, velocity, atmospheric conditions), ballistic software will help you develop a drop chart for longrange shooting. If you have an iPhone or Android phone, you can get 'shooter' inexpensively Shooter - Ballistics Calculator for iOS and Android
alternatively, you can use JBM online for free: JBM - Calculations
. What's nice about programs like 'shooter' is that they are portable and can be taken with you to the field.
6. Weather Station - some device that can provide you with at least temperature, barometric pressure and wind speed. Altitude is also good to have. Kestrel makes the best but there are probably less expensive options.
What else could you need? MORE RIFLES. ONE IS NOT ENOUGH. If your wife is not happy about that, have her call me.