I've never owned a hunting rifle, and never intended to ever actually go hunting (deer) until recently. I've always been simply a pistol shooter. I know very little about different rifles, hunting ammunition/calibers, and optics. I don't plan on ever attempting very long distance shots, and assume the longest I'll be going for is 100-150 yards. That said, I'm looking for a hunting rifle and scope. I don't want to drain a bank account for something that I may end up not enjoying, but I also don't want to go so cheap on it that I end up with something I'll want to upgrade immediately if I do find myself enjoying this activity. If anyone has any suggestions on rifles and optics, I'd appreciate the information. Thanks in advance.