i bought one of these last year for I think a good price - about 1100 from a hunter / collector in California liquidating his collection due to his age. not new, he bought it for an African hunt he never made so it looks As new, no box. My question is whether or not to scope it. with a 19 1/4" barrel and the ramp sights - it is an excellent set up for large game as is. I am taking this gun to South Africa in July on a photo safari, and would like to kill a nice Kudu with it - maybe one other head of plains game. and eventually take to your state of Alaska where I think it would probably be super for bears and moose. as an experiment several years ago I shot a round of skeet - iron sights and then with a scope - with my bolt action Browning A-Bolt shotgun. believe it or not, I ran a 25 straight with the iron sights. with the scope, i dropped about 7 targets. so the scope definitely slows you down on target aquisition on running game. but I shoot that gun with a scope anyway - as it is 200 yard slug gun, and past 100 yards - or trying to find holes in brush - or gathering extra light at dawn / dusk - it REALLY helps. But whitetails dont fight back either. so what do you guys do - when something that potentially fights back is on the other end? if shots are most likely to be 125-150 yards - I am not sure I need a scope. thanks!