Congrats! How far out do you intend to shoot?
Yes sir, a 1-4 sounds like the perfect optic for you. Vortex is a great optic. They are the "most bang for the buck" IMHOThe farthest I would be shooting is between 200-300 yds. That's why I was leaning on the 1-4x optic.
I will be hunting with the Scar in the hardwoods where I would only have about a hundred yd shot max. I already have a long range rifle for the beanfields. Also will be shooting steel and just having fun with it.
I know how you feel! Mine sat in my local gunshop for 6 months waiting for me to come back from being overseas for some leave. As soon as I got off of the plane I went straight from the airport to pick it up :-D I still call it the crown jewel of my collection and I don't see that changing.You know ... I can still remember bringing mine home... what a great day ! I don't know about anyone else but I always keep the 17 up front in the safe and when moving things around even if it not 1st I still look to make sure it still there.....