The M&P sport is a good entry level AR... not as tough as say a BCM, but great for the range, and some light bashing around. Serious competition, probably not, a carbine course... no.
It should take a 22 conversion just like any other AR, so that is a good thing.
You don't need a fancy gun or optics to hunt reliably out to a couple hundred yards. So don't worry too much about the scope... so long as it holds its zero during firing, won't break if you breath on it wrong, and can handle a little rain and fog, you should be good.
BTW... Ruger and Savage make good rifles for the money. Less than $400 will get you a lot of gun for the money.
Last edited by marine6680; September 5, 2012 at 04:34 PM.