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I recently purchased a Winchester Model 70 Classic Stainless with synthetic stock in .270 Winchester, and now I need to scope it for South Texas hunting.  I've be doing my homework and narrowed my choices to the following:

Burris Signature Series 3x10-40 w/ Ballistic Plex recticle

Burris Signature Series 3x12-44 w/ Ballistic Plex recticle

Leupold VX-III 3.5x10-40 w/ Boone&Crockett recticle

Any advice is welcomed including whether the Burris Posi-Loc is a good/advisable option.



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This is a tough call for me.  I would probably get the Burris 3-10x40 over the Leupold 3.5-10x40.  I have had better luck with the ruggedness of the Burris, but the Leupolds are usually a little brighter.  The two Leupolds that I had problems with were promptly repaired, but one was repaired several times.  I have never had a problem with a Burris, but from what everyone tells me they are more of a hassle to get warranty work out of.  I would be happy with either of these scopes.  I would stay away from the larger objective only because I feel the bigger your objective gets the more it gets in the way.  I personally draw the line at 42 and prefer 40.  Granted, 44 is not that much bigger.  The Posi-Loc performs as advertised.

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I've have a couple of Burris Sig Select scopes and a couple of Leupold VX III's but none in the powers you listed.  I don't think there's enough difference to worry about.  I agree with ranburr about the smaller objective.  It's a personal thing, but the lower you mount your scope the more naturally it lines up with your eye when mounting.  I don't think Posi Lock should be a difference maker.  I don't have it on any of my Burris, on some hard kickers, and have never needed it.
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Thanks to both of you...you are confirming my own thoughts!
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A few years ago I purchased two new hunting rifles.  A Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker w/BOSS in .338 Win Mag for elk hutning and a Browning A-Bolt Hunter II w/BOSS in .280 Rem for all around game.  Initially, I was set on getting a Leupold Vari-X III in 3.5x10 because that's what my guys at work were using on their sniper rifles.  I must have looked through 50 different scopes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and configurations.  I was also limiting myself to scopes under $400.00.  When it was all said and done I decided on the Burris Signature Series scopes with Posi Loc.  I needed tough, rugged (they needed to be able to stand up to magnum calibers), and bright scopes that could withstand the physical and wet hunting conditions of western Oregon.  I was very impressed with the brightness of these scopes, as well as their internal design and warranty.  I put a Signature 3x9 w/Posi Loc on my .338 and a Signature 3x12 (adjustable aperature) w/Posi Loc on my .280.  I have been nothing but pleased with the performance of both scopes.  Using Butler Creek scopes covers I have never had water or fog problems with these scopes in even torrential downpours.  You can tell when you take them out of their box that they are built tough.  They just feel solid.  One of my guys liked them so much that he purchased a Black Diamond series for his new 7mm the next year.  I would say no matter what you decide, set yourself a price limit then look at every decent scope withing that range.  The brightness and clarity of scopes with vary from person to person and from scope to scope.  What looks great to one guy might not work for another.  Don't worry about what your "buddies" are buying and just make sure you like what you buy.  That's all that matters.  One last thing, when you're looking through new scopes, don't just look at them inside the store.  Ask the salesmen to go outside with you so you can see how they work in real light conditions.  If you're spending that kind of money on such an important investment, it's the least they can do.  Good luck and safe hunting!  Derel  PS.  Besides the Burris and the Leupold I was also impressed with some of the Nikon scopes.  
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Cartek,

I recently purchased a Burris Signature Select 3-10x40 without the Posi-lock feature.  It is now mounted on a Beretta Mato in 30-06.  I also looked at the Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 and the Leupold 3.5-10x40.  Of those scopes I chose the Burris but I don't really think that you can make a bad choice with any of them.  I got my Burris Signature Select from Chris here at SWFA, the price and service were outstanding. 

Stan

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