FAC is in the post, likely as not will take ages to get through but I am now starting to think (and scrimp and save) and think about what rifle and scope to get, having got myself fairly well equipped bar those essentials.
I've applied for a .308Win, as this is a the calibre I have had most experience on (plenty of target shooting with 7.62 ) and I hope to home load in the not too distant future, so a nice versatile round was what I wanted.
Scope wise, I am adhering to the adage to get the absolute best scope that I could-at the moment I am considering a second hand S&B 8x56 or something similar, I am after a general purpose scope that will do me for the sort of stalking I will be doing (i.e. mostly farmland, some bits of woodland). The FC ranger I know and help with dragging out etc uses a S&B 8x56 for all his work and loves it to bits, even though he does a fair amount of woodland work. I'm not looking to break the bank but it seems pretty decent german (but hungarian assembled) glass can be had second hand without spending ALL my student loan...
Aware that magnification is a very personal thing but would an 8x56 sound a reasonable choice as an all round scope or would I be better off with a 6x42 considering any woodland stalking?
Rifle wise I will wait till I get the FAC in my hand
Edited to say: Admin feel free to move this as I realise I've put it in the wrong forum.