OK, so here's a little background. I've been shooting and hand loading for the past 30 years. I'd like to think I'm a pretty decent shot but my comfortable range is about 350 yds. I'd like to get comfortable to at least 600 yds in hunting situations and hopefully out to 800-1000 eventually for steel. I have a Browning A-Bolt in .300 WSM. I currently have a Leupold VX3 3.5-10 with the Boone & Crockett reticle but I don't really care for it and want to develop my skills at dialing a scope in and making the appropriate adjustments. I have a couple different loads I want to hunt with. a 168gn X bullet load and a 150gn SST load. Both are well under 1 MOA. I'm considering taking the Leupold off and putting a Vortex Viper HST 4-16 on it. For what I want to do is this a decent rig? I can't justify a new rifle or a Nightforce scope so I need to be reasonable. I hope I have covered most things. Any and all criticism and advice is appreciated.