Thanks for your opinion, it really helps. I like the idea of used guns however I am just a little leery about where they have been, etc. could you suggest a good beginning scope for $400-600?Remington is a better choice than browning. $1100 can get an alright rifle, with $1500-2000 doing better. That $1100 rifle will need a trigger and a bed job to start getting right. Buying on the used market can have great benefits, as the right semi-custom 6.5CM can be had for darn near half price.
$300 isn't even beginning to get a decent optic. $800-$1000 would be closer, and those are considered "budget" low end scopes. A few in the $400-600 range can be workable for an entry level setup... but its a precarious price point. Might need to go through 3 to find a good one.
Support kit I was referring to was mainly things like a kestrel, a LRF, ballistic app for your phone, bipod, rear bag, stock pack, sling, databook(and supplies), etc, etc.
If you are going to go for a factory remington rifle, then I'd get a 243win or 260rem. (if you can find a 260) Getting a semi-custom that someone rebarreled in 6.5CM or 260rem would be a better choice. (with my preference going to the 6.5CM) Factory ammo is readily available for the .243win and 260, and those can be had in factory rifles. 6.5CM has an abundance of factory ammo that shoots and kills quite well, but you'll be hard pressed to find a factory rifle chambered in it.
I will build up a support kit as well, pick a good bipod, stock accesories, etc. This is a very important thing, I will set-up a "bug-out" bag with supplies and what not as my support bag.
Would you go with a Leupold scope? I think those are decent scopes. What magnification would you suggest?