I have just treated myself to a scope, it's a Smidt & Bender 8 x 56 and I put it on my Howa .308.
I also reloaded a new round using the same ingredients as before but just beefed it up from 43.2 grains to 44 grains, the rifle loves this load and the results speak for them selves.
Now when I got this scope I decided to get some new mounts too, I went into a gun shop near Scarborough and told him that I thought that I would need medium mounts for the rifle due to the size of the S&B, he asked what rifle it was for and I told him that it was for my Howa .308, to which he went on to tell me that Howas were sh*t and he wouldn't sell them because they only gave 4 minutes of angle! What a load of sh*t. I won't use this shop again, every time I have been in there (3 times) he has wound me up! Anyway Howa's are sh*t as the photo will prove! *lol*
3 shots at 100 yards in an open field.
If I had a custom rifle I would be very happy with that group, and this from a inexpensive rifle, well I think that thats more than good enough.
PS, the shot that you can see at the bottom right was from during the initial sighting up. (honest Guv!)