for the money it sounds real good. If for some reason you dont like it, it should be reasonably easy to resell.
scopes are always a function of $$, but if you want to save money, then locate a Simmons WTC-18.
it is a 6-20 power scope with a 50mm objective. you will need some high rings, to say the least.
if you are going to shoot long range, 20 power and thereabouts is a must. I use one on the 25-06 I recently got. holds zero under recoil no problem.
you want to shoot a LOT with good to great accuracy???
hey who does'nt !!!
then do this, and seriuosly its fun
CAST BULLETS!! yes for 30-06!! even store bought cast bulets are very cost effective.
Cast bullets are accurate, dont let anyone convince you otherwise. but like ALL bullets, it is a function of the load, and esp the bore of the gun. You can have lots of fun and learn lots of info, by getting into cast bullet shooting.
I cast for 45-70 and .357. evetually, I will get a mold for the 25-06.
the 30-06 and the 308 are used all over in long range, 1000 yard shooting. this is because of the the militaries influence.
look into NRA listings for your area for matches, ranges, etc. you may have already done so, since evidently you have a place to shoot long range. for me it would be a 2 or 3 hour drive.. one day though...
Handloading is a must, in reality.... has nothing to do with velocity or "drop" but if factory ammo yields 1-1/2 or 2 inch groups (and generally thats true) at 100 yards, then your long range shooting will be frustrating as the rounds start scatterng all over the target.
Lee equipment will get you going for not much money at all.
and it IS GOOD. look at my 25-06 post /target from box stock ruger. thats Lee dies/press.
But I prefer and advise a Scale from RCBS/Ohaus, not that I know Lee scale is bad/same or even better, I just trust Ohaus and they make the RCBS scales.