Hello LRH's, This is my first post here, although I have been browsing these forums for quiet a long time. A little of my background before I get started with my question. I am a former Marine (93-97) and during my 4 years, each qual time (4 times) I scored a 349 of 350 for Expert. I am only telling this since it shows that I was profecient in windage and elevatoin adjustments and obviouosly know how to shoot Since those fun USMC days the only shooting I have done is with my Thompson 25-06 with a Nikon Prostaff BDC reticle going after Whitetails here in Oklahoma. I love this caliber for whitetails here on the corn and soy bean fields were the average shot is around 300-500 yards ( I only hunt out of treesstands - good for long range field shots). Every year my freezer is full of meat from the hunt so I have to be doing something right. This thompson is the only rifle I own not because it is the most versatile caliber and rifle but because as a single income family I just really could not afford anything better for what I usually do out in the field. I also do some target shooting against my redneck family memebers and beat thier socks off every time, but we mainly just do it for fun and to see who has to buy the next 6pack. I would like to continue busting whitetails as I am now, but also extend my range out for target shooting. A thousand yards would be nice but to do it accurately It would take a pretty good rifle. I'm not looking to get into benchrest competition yet. That may be a thing I get into later but NOT in the next couple years and certinly not off this upcoming rifle. Last month my wife finally graduated college and has entered the work force making a bit more than me and this has more than doubled our household income. Now it's like we are rolling in cash. My wife also decided that since I had been the sole bread winner for so long I now have 6 months of free paychecks ( I can spend my paychecks on whatever I want with none of it going to bills). This leads me to my question: I need help on rifle manufacturer selection and scope selection. I am set on the caliber. I cant be persuaded on that part. I have been browsing all over the internet for the past couple months and my new rifle is going to be a 6.5x284 (I know all its pro's and cons and intend to handload for it - I got that order list ready to go and have posted on another handloader forum elsewhere for info instruction and info on that). For the manufacturer I am thinking the Cooper Arms Model 52 Excalibur (Link) and for the scope I just cant make up my mind between the Nightforce Beast (Link) or the US Optics ER-25 (Link) with some customization done to it. I like the cooper rifle for the 1/2 moa @ 100yds gurantee + the lifetime gurantee and everything I have read on them says they customer service is amazing. Just from all the reading I have done I think the only way to get a better rifle than this would be a custome build, but I dont know the first thing about custome builds. The two scopes I like both have the options I like and are said to be the clearest glass on the market and they also have the best customer service (So I have read). My hope is that someone here can help me get a better rifle and scope than what I was able to find and currently have selected. Budget wise I dont want to spend more than 3k for the rifle and no more than 4k for the scope. I intend to purchase the rifle first and then the scope about two months after that. I still have about a month and a half of saving left for the rifle so that gives me some back and forth time on this forum Thank's in advance for anyone who helps with this project.