Hello and thanks for all of the helpful information you all share. I've learned a lot just reading through the posts here. I've hunted most of my life, but just recently got interested in longer range shooting. I've hunted with semi-autos, pumps and levers, and am considering buying a bolt action for greater accuracy down range. Not a big need for it where I hunt - most shots are in 100-200 yd range, which have been well within my skills and the reach of my old Rem 742 in 30-06. I inherited it from my Granddad and, with help from my former-military uncle, have learned to do pretty well with it over the last few years on Michigan whitetails. Though it's still in great shape, I don't have much faith in finding parts for it if ever needed, and I'd like to have a rifle that I could confidently shoot farther with if I get the chance to hunt where longer distances require one. But for now I'll keep reading while I look for a good buy on a rifle & scope.