Yes, the post can get a bit thick. If you've a steady hand you can paint a thin white line down the centre. As for scopes, I would go from a x4 to an x6, no more. A 1-4 or 1-6 variable might be worth considering. Reticles are worth thinking about, the 'German' No4 would be my choice as a hunter, but the Duplex works well.