All my previous long range (> 100 yards) shooting has been wth ARs in .223 and I was looking for something with a little more punch at 500+ yards. I decided on .308 because I’ve shot 300 mag and it’s not pleasant after 100 rounds or so.
I thought seriously about a match M1a but it would have blown my budget. With the 5-R at $1000, I still have room in the budget for a good scope. (Budget: Rifle, optics and bipod under $2000)
I’ll use a Harris Bipod, but I haven’t decided on a scope yet.
UPDATE: I decided on a scope and ordered it this morning. Just got an email saying it’s back ordered until the 19th. Why am I not getting a “good*” scope? Because I want to see how accurate the rifle is before I buy a scope that might be better than the rifle shoots.
*Good defined as scopes costing more than $1500.