I am set to buy my first deer rifle. Background info--> I am 6'6", will likely shoot at home up to 200 yards distance. Want a scope. Level land with some sparse housing limits shooting angles.

I am looking at new rifles and am impressed that they cost a lot. Have not ventured into used rifle shopping but have been warned by father in law that rifling can wear out. He says it can be tough to know if there is something wrong with a used piece.

I am reading library books and keeping an open mind. Any thoughts on new versus used and how to make this successful? Any other ideas???