Hello folks, I am new to the forum I am a LEO in Texas. I have been hunting and shooting from a young age. I have been involved in uspsa and 3gun competitions for a few years now. I recently purchased a Howa hcr 6.5 Creedmoor American flag edition. My new goal is to learn to shoot a 1000 yards. All advice will be appreciated. The gun came with a nikko stirling 4x16x50 that is hardly adequate for the gun. I have been looking into athlon optics(any experience or first hand knowledge on these would be great to know). Also other than a wind meter, shooting mat, range finder, and the strelok pro app, any other gear that will be essential to get started. I will use factory match grade ammo for now.( Brand preferences and why would be helpful) Understand my family needs come before my hobbies. I consider myself a budget minded shooter so gear that cost thousands of dollars does me no good to learn about. Please leave your arrogant condescending remarks off my threads. Seems to be a problem in other forums I have tried and left. We were all new shooters once. One day I will repay my experience to another new shooter looking for advice.