For those of you new to the game of shooting, I urge you to read a couple of articles before diving into the deep-end and buying some over-priced rig:
Understanding the role of the Civilian Guerilla Sniper’s role down through history can help you choose the right platform.
Remaining flexible (and not dogmatic) will keep you from not having to re-mortgage your home for a rifle!
My #1 piece of advice in building a practical bolt gun (after much trial and error) is DO NOT skimp on optics!
Save yourself the headache right now and AVOID cheap scopes!