I have been kicking around getting a heavy barreled rifle with a good scope for deer hunting. Most of my deer hunting now-a-days is done on my butt behind a pair of binoculars be it muley or whitetail, I also enhoy shooting 400+ yards. I am not sure what a good gun choice would be but I was looking at rifles in Scheels this weekend and found a Remmington Model 700 SPS, heavy barrel in a 308 calber. I would like to stay with a little faster caliber (270, 25-06, etc.) but don't know much about heavy barreled rifles. Would this be a good choice, it sure had a nice feel, the only thing that is holding me back is the caliber?
Also looked at the Scheels Outfitter Icon Trifecta 4-12x44 scope. Again this scope is designed for a faster caliber (2700+ fps) and I am concerned that with the slower 308 it would be a waste of money?
Any ideas on a good setup?, or the one listed above. I don't have an unlimited amount to spend but am hoping to find something in the $1,000.00 range. I have other guns so this one would be used mainly for deer/antelope.
Thanks in advance for the input!