I got a new 7-08 Takedown and had the trigger and action fixed up. Next was the scope. I tried a vx6 2x12 and thought it was great but sure made the gun heavy and had to use a beartooth sleeve to get the cheek weld right. But still didnt feel like a lever supposed to feel. Then I mounted a leup 2.5x scout and it didnt work well with my eyes (I am cross shooter). Then finally I put on a vx3i 1.5x5 with low talley alloys and eureka...it feels and fits perfect. Normal cheek weld on the wood and the scope dosent feel like adding any weight. Now to figure out the sling mounts. I just dont see why cant drill the studs right into the wood forward of the barrel band. I use the slogan rubber sling on my guns that has the outdoor connection polymer swivel so wouldnt rattle against the barrel band. This little gun has a sting to it cause the stock is so narrow. I would like to see if a limbsaver would fit worth a shit but my experience is they dont. I have been shooting reduced loads and seems to work fine. I am not worried about an extra 2 in drop at 200 yds. Still packs enough wallop to kill want I want. This is the best lever gun made. This is my third. I am always surprised more people dont use them. Many bitch about the trigger so fix it. Mine has zero creep and breaks at 3.5 pounds.