First of thank you all for your great advice. I do appreciate that I will be only shooting foxes and deer here in Scotland and that 600/700 metres is way beyond any shot needed to kill my quarry (I wish to make clean kills so I hope most of my shots will be at 200/300 yards max).
But I would like to be able to also shoot to my and beyond my abilities hence the aforementioned requirements for targets. I have spent the last few months reading what people who sell guns say so this is my chance to find out the truth from people who shot. I have now fixed my budget at a max of $7,000 as scopes are a lot more expensive than I first though. Thank you again and a special thanks to the webmaster for this great site.