Just brought my "new" deer rifle home. It's a used Remington 600 Mohawk in .308 Win. I bought it off a buddy last year at the end of hunting season but didn't have room to bring it back on the plane with me because my case was full. It has a short 18-1/2" barrel. It currenty has a cheap Bushnell 3 X 9 on it but I plan on mounting my Leopold Vari-X lll 1.5 X 5 on it with low or super-low rings. I'm looking for factory ammo recommendations that will work well with the short barrel on deer and elk and possibly some reloading recipes that people have had success with for short barrels. I am also thinking about a Ram-Line synthetic stock or possibly refinishing the original beech stock. I'm hesitant to hack it up too bad since these guns seem to be gaining value. I may even use it for my back-up elk rifle since we tend to hunt the thick timber. Shots are usually less than 50 yds if you're lucky enough to get one off.