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Old February 5, 2013, 02:38 PM   #2
Brian Pfleuger
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Join Date: June 25, 2008
Location: Central, Southern NY, USA
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The X-bolt is a great gun.

The finish of your scope is darn near a completely cosmetic feature. I choose mine based on what looks good on the gun.

For brand names, Leupold, Sightron, Zeiss, Nightforce (and others) are all excellent, and priced accordingly.

6x is too high of a minimum for an inexperienced hunter.

Please realize that your not just going to slap a $600 optic (or $6,000 for that matter) on a rifle and be able to effectively kill elk at 600 yards. Expect to burn many hundreds (thousands) of rounds and a good, long time practicing, preferably with a good, professional trainer, if you expect to be able to shoot that distance.
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