After I was dissuaded from buying a use Ruger No. 1, I decided to get a Tikka T3x Lite Stainless in .30-06 Springfield. Great! It's simple, apparently a solid design, in a common caliber, and is supposed to be quite accurate. Thank you to those who recommended the brand. I have had a Nikon Prostaff 2-7x 32mm knocking around for a while, so I decided I'd use that. And there is a Game Reaper mount inbound, along with various ammo for me to test and see if the rifle has a preference. It's been a long time since I last shot a scoped rifle, never mind put a scope on a rifle. But I think most of my inaccuracy in the past was due to cheek weld, or a lack there of. I think I was also using a scope far beyond my needs or abilities (Leaupold MK IV 3.5-10 x 40mm), and I'm pretty sure I just didn't have it set far enough forward to get behind the rifle in a consistent manner. But I've done some reading and hopefully learned from my mistakes. Now as for barrel break-in, I'm pretty lost. There's so much conflicting information out there that I don't really know what to trust. I've read somewhere that the barrels on Tikka rifle are actually Sako barrels, and polished to a point where they don't need breaking in. But that's just something I read some place. Any input on what is really neccessary would be much appreciated. Although I understood much of the theory of rifle shooting and now how to zero the scope and use a ballistics calculator, I've just never been very good with a scope. I think I've also had a tendency in the past to rush my shooting, which has not worked out well for me. So let's imagine I've never shot a scoped rifle before. What tips would you give to a new shooter to help them become competent?