That scope sucks, no other way to put it. The gun is great, however. The first rifle I ever purchased myself was a Savage 110 with the typical "package Bushnell". After the first season I used it, I upgraded to a Simmons Whitetail Classic, and still use it today - 15 yrs. later. The scope at the time was roughly $100. According to Cabela's, they still go for about the same today.
I don't know about the rifle but I've had a Simmons Aetec for 14 years. I have never had a problem with it. It isn't a top of the line scope but it's done it's job for this long. I haven't had to adjust point of impact but one time and I bumped the scope then.
I bought a Savage package with Bushnell scope as well, used it once on a 30-06, and it broke. That scope is one of the worst I've ever held. I got rid of that and bought a Simmons Whitetail Classic - I'ved used the Simmons on several rifles, including a .300 Win Mag, and I've never had a problem with it. In short - throw the Bushnell away and invest in quality.
When you purchase a package deal even with a medium of the road scope like the Bushnell on it you are going to get a package deal scope that isn't worth the money that it takes to purchase it by it's self. I haven't seen a package deal with rifle and scope last more than a season and a lot of the scopes fail at the initial sighting in. I could tell you more bad stories about Simmons scopes and optics than you have ever heard about Bushnell.
It comes down to the fact that you are better off just purchasing a rifle by itself and then qoing with a quality scope of your choice.
There are times when the deer are simply not moving and you're forced to make something happen. Maybe you're up against a full moon or hot weather. This is when a silent drive to force deer to move should be considered.
By silent drive, you're not yelling and making a commotion to scare the deer. When deer are panicked, they're liable to bust out of the cover on a dead run, and any shot you get will be tough to make.
A silent drive is different. It means playing the wind to carry the driver's...