I looked and looked and compared features etc, and I could not find a better deal (in my uneducated opinion) that the Ruger American. I got mine in .30-06 because any place that I went that sold ammo, always had .30-06 rounds if they had nothing else but 12 ga. shotgun shells. Where I live, I did not see a need for a 3-9x40 scope, so I got a 2-7x32 instead. I may regret that later, but I like the scope, nonetheless. It is a Nikon Prostaff. I think I paid about $159 for it. The Rifle was $379. The scope mounts were about $30 (Weaver Grand Slam). Hope this helps.I am looking to get the RAR w/Redfield 3x9 but was looking for any opinions that might steer me towards another Brand rifle in the same price range. I was quoted $525 for the RAR, price seem fair ?