I am planning to purchase my very first gun, and I need some advice from a homesteading perspective. Don't get me wrong. I have fired several guns in my youth, and I am still a good shot. I've just never owned any of those guns. Also, having never been a huge gun enthusiast, I have limited knowledge of what has happened to the gun market in recent years. My research suggests that many makes and models that used to be exceptional quality are now junk made overseas. Hopefully, you all can tolerate my ignorance on the subject. Here's the deal. I have budgeted $600 for a firearm, and I need it to do two things. I need to take down deer and possibly elk, and I need something I can use as a last resort in the event of a bear attack. You can't really hunt for deer with a handgun, so it is pretty much a question of which rifle. After a lot of research, I decided that the Ruger American 30-06 was a good, inexpensive, all-purpose rifle except for one problem. It doesn't have iron sights, and I don't think a scope would do me much good when a bear is charging from 50 ft. at 30 MPH. Any suggestions?