My DH, FIL and I went to an auction this afternoon and the DH ended up buying me a Remington .243 semi-automatic rifle for $475 (including tax). It has I think a Simmons? scope on it. Anyways, this will be my new rifle for deer hunting next fall, I haven't gotten to try it out yet, but I'm thinking it'll work much better than my .223 single shot. DH had decided to spend no more than $350 but oh well. We priced one brand-new and it was something like $100 more than what we paid and that was without the scope. He seems to think we got a pretty good deal on it Thanks to everybody here who recommended a .243 to me, it definitely helped in making the decision in what to look for!