So have you personally experienced a situation hunting in which you had reason to doubt or regret your choice of rifle, cartridge, bullet, optic, etc? These endless debates often seem to be based more on theory than actual experience. I don't have a lot of hunting experience and have only taken animals with .308 Win and .375 H&H cartridges, but both have been very effective with animals going no more than a few feet after being hit. As for optics, I've used Zeiss, Nightforce and Premier Reticles with no issues at all. So what have you personally experienced that has either confirmed your choice as being more than suitable, or left you looking for something better. Oh yeah, I recently hunted with an AR308 for the first time and learned that easing the bolt forward to "quietly" chamber a round by hanging onto the charging handle doesn't work well at all. I also learned after the fact that the forward assist doesn't work either. So I probably wouldn't use the AR308 again for that type of hunting. We so often only talk about our successes, but I find that I learn so much more from failure.