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Trying to decide between the discounted Vortex Viper 2x7x35 or the Nikon Buckmaster 3x9x40. Does the better clarity or glass on the Vortex allow it to have a brighter picture at low light, or does the larger objective on the Buckmaster make it brighter than the smaller Vortex?   The scope will go on a 30-06 Hawkeye that will likely never be shot further than 250-300yds. Both scopes are more than capable, but I am interested in the one that will give me those first and last few minutes of legal shooting time at 200yds or so.

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I don't have either of these scopes, so I don't have the answer. I do think it's an interesting question.

I have fooled with a couple 32mm scopes, and my guess is the fully-multicoated Viper will outperform the Buckmaster in this situation.
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I would go with the viper. 
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They will both be able to transmit the same amount of light based on objective size vs magnification range.  So the one with the better coatings/glass quality will prevail.  Which one that is I have no idea, as they are priced similarly. 

I have the Vortex and think it is a very capable scope. 
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While I think the Viper will probably have better glass, I'd go with the Buckmaster. I've had a couple of 2-7 scopes, and I've not been happy with them at all. When out in the field I could get by with 7x at 150-200 yards, but on the bench even at 100 yards I felt it was limiting. Out to 300 yards, I wouldn't want the 2-7 at all. 3-9x40 is the smallest I could go and be decently happy and I much prefer a 4.5-14 or similar. That being said, it's a personal preference as I know guys that are fine with much lower magnification scopes, but I'm not. 
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