That's a Konus 3-9x50 on the a-bolt and an Alpen Apex 4-16x50 on the VTR. They are not high end scopes by any means but they are very clear and hold zero as well as any scope out there. They are as clear as any Leopold I've ever seen. The only down fall is light gathering ability. You will lose a few minutes at dusk when using these but for the money I can't complain. The Konus, at around $200, is the best bargain in optics I've ever found.
Concerning the VTR barrel, I suppose the jury is still out on that one. I've heard both sides of the story. A Remington representative even told me that there is no accuracy gain. From a structural engineering standpoint it pure genius. You get the rigidity of a bull barrel without too much added weight. The triangle is capable of bearing more weight than any other geometric shape. In my opinion, Remington engineers are on to something good. The accuracy of the rifle is very good. I managed to put three rounds through one jagged hole at nearly 100 yards. The A-2 stock has something to do with that but that's still pretty good for a medium priced factory action and barrel.
For those interested in trying the VTR, I say go for it. Just plan on putting it in a better stock. The Remington factory stock for this rifle is less than impressive.