Hi, Rob 458. Congratulations on your new toy. A lot of things that had been said here is true. The Lott is a lot of gun. But, you do not have to be afraid of it. If the stock fits you well, and, if the rifle is not too light, you can handle it. If you handload, try to stick to the .458 Win Mag velocities (around 2050-20100 fps). The inventor of the cartridge did not mean to invent a bigger and more powerful bruiser, Jack Lott just wanted to have the cartridge that could perform up to the desired ballistics of the Win Mag. It is true, that the Lott cartridge can do much better than the Win Mag. But, if the rifle is too light, it will hurt. And, when you do not get much pleasure after the shooting session, why do you need it then? Every PH that is worth his salt will tell you, that it is much better to have a smaller bullet in the right place, than to have a big bullet in the guts. About the sights. This gun must have good solid open sights with a shallow V as the rear sight. But, there's nothing wrong with having this rifle scoped. Let me tell you 1 story. Being a gun writer I get sometimes invited to the places where not many mortals get invited. So, I once visited a factory of a very well known, and, one of the most expensive, European optics' manufacturers. It is great to visit places like that, very educational. So, I've been invited for a shooting session in the company's underground shooting range. And, after a while, the range boss brings out a factory Weatherby Mark V. You want to try it, the guy says. It was a .460 Weatherby. To cut the long story short, I asked him: Why there's a Leupold on that gun? And, there guy says: it's the only scope that this gun cannot break to pieces. It was a very old looking Leupold VariX-III 1,5-5x20 (with 1" tube), which is now a VX-3 1,5-5x20. I am not advertising for nobody. But, I've had very good luck with Leupold scopes on all kinds of rifles. With my very limited experience I had this scope on several rifles above the .375 bore. and, they all performed well. You can have one from SWFA for 400 bucks. And, it will beat much more expensive and bulkier European scopes at least in the strength and dependability department. More on the Lott. Some factory loadings produce an honest 2300 fps from the muzzle even with a 500 grain bullet. If you have a scope on this gun, you can take shots out to 200-250 yard distance. Of course, it's a cartridge for close work, but, you can use it on longer shots if you know the ballistics, and, if you are not afraid of the gun. One of the major advantages of Leupold scopes over any others is: they have the longest eye relief in the whole industry, and, it's a very important factor. If you get hit by a Leupold scope, it means that you have installed it wrongly, or, you have crawled the stock badly. Good luck, and, keep us all up to date.