as far as the scope goes i just ordered a leapold off of e-bay for hundereds off the retail. you could save alot of money going that way!!
My plan is to get a better one before next fall. I only wanted to pay cash when I was at the store buying the rifle so it would be done with and I had just enough left over from the rifle to pick up the Nikon. I saw some Leo's on GunBroker.com than I have my eye on for some good prices. My buddy just brought his Leo VX-III in to work, I think it had a 50 mm objective, might as well put a spotting scope on your rifle, it was sweet none the less. I did just pick up a $180 TZ aluminum rifle case of fleabay for $67, I was pretty happy!