Just traded into a M1a1 with a Springfield scope mount, and a Weaver 8-32 grand slam, 30mm tube. Gun has about 200rds thru it. Just wondering about the following. 1. What brass brand is the best, for the money? 2. Is small primer brass any better than large rifle brass. 3. What is your favorite bullet, weight, and maker. 4. What is your best powder? I was leaning towards Varget, but have had super results with Win. 748 powder, I got a killer deal on a case some 25 years ago, used to shoot a lot of .308 then, but it is all gone. 5. What is a good scope to shoot out to 800yds, with a Mil Dot, MOA, or BDC type reticle. I need an affordable type scope, not one to break the bank. I currently have a 4.5-18 Nikon Pro staff 5 with Mil dot/hash marks that do the trick on my 6.5x284, would this work on a .308? 6. I will probably get flamed for this one, anyone ever shoot the pulled down 147 gr bullets with some scuff marks on them. I know they don't look great, but I shot some pulled down.62 grain , .223 bullets I got for a song, and they shot good enough, sub MOA out of a Ar 15. Just had to ask. 7. Do you coat your bullets, and if so, what with. I have Moly, Danzac, and Hexagonal Boron Nitride. I have had great luck with all 3, but am leaning towards the HBN. Do you know if any issues with the coatings and the gas system. The gun is shooting under MOA with some factory stuff. I cleaned the barrel good and it seems to not foul too bad. I am only going to be hunting and shooting at some informal benchrest/steel shoots here locally, all that is up for grabs is bragging rights. All replies appreciated!