At my usual hapopy hunting grounds I never so much as see a deer past 50 yards or so, so I divested myself of my scoped .30-06 years ago. I expressed my regret about this to my wife, and she said, "So get a scoped rifle." Lord I love this woman! I examined the options at Pinto's and thought about the terrain we'll be trekking through- called the Scablands if that gives you a clue- and selected a Remington Model 660 in .243 Winchester, which came with a scope and sling mounted. It also has an aluminum replacement for the original plastic trigger-guard. The scope is nothing special, a variable power TruGlo, but it's adequate. $475 for the whole deal, which I reckoned to be pretty good. i also found some .243 reloading dies in their bargain bin and some 100gr. bullets, but for now I bought three boxes of PPU 100gr. soft-points. Today I headed out to Renton Fish and Game to try her out, and the results were decent... and a little weird. Just for giggles I decided to shoot the first group at 100 yards unsupported. Fired three rounds at the upper left square, looked through the spotting scope and was pleased to see a 2" group. Not bad for off-hand. Next I used a sandbag rest to see what she can really do. Three shots, looked through the scope and saw a 2" group. Huh. Tried it again. 2" group. Ooookay. Got down the Steady Rest, mounted the rifle, got it dialed in and... 2" group. Not what I was expecting from a rest, but I won't feel bad shooting it at a deer at 100-200 yards. Is this maybe the limit of accuracy from the ammo at that range? If it was just the off-hand group I'd assume I needed more practice, but I got an identical result from the Steady Rest. I am leaving Weds. morning at zero-dark hundred, so I don't really feel like I have time to mess about experimenting with handloads; I have a lot to do between now and then and these will do well enough. I do love the rifle. Short and light enough for scampering around rough country, excellent trigger and sweet handling. I am pretty sure I will be happily shooting this rifle for pleasure and experimenting with handloads. Likely before next year I'll float the barrel and bed the action, but for this year I am happy.