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Hi Guys,
I am looking for a scope to put on my Ruger #1 in .270.  I live in Montana and will be hunting in both timber and open country for pronghorn, deer and maybe an Elk.  Most of my shots are around 100 yrds but last year I did shoot a Doe with my wife's .308 at 200yrds (topped with a sightron I 3-9x40).  I am thinking about the Nikon Buck master with BDC, the Burris compact 2-7 and the Leupold VX-II 2-7x33 with long range recticle so that I can practice out to a little farther yardage and still feel comfortable (there are some monsters at the 300+ yrd mark).  I would like to keep the gun light as possible as it is the Light Sporter model and handles like a youth rifle.  I think that eye relief will be a big factor in my choice but I should be able to make anyone of those scopes work.  What should I do?
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As flat as the .270 shoots I would not get that concerned with long range reticles, even if you are in a place that you can make use of them.  The Bushnell 4200 3x9x40 might also be worth a look for you. 

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I think you should consider the 6x42 Nikon Monarch - very bright but not overly cumbersome. There is a lot of reason that 3-9x40 scopes have been the norm for deer rifles. When it gets darker turn the power down to about 6x or a little lower to get the most light .  I really like the 4.5-14x50 Leu VXIII but its spendy.

If you go Burris don't get the short mag, my short mag experience was not a happy one even after the trip back to Burris that took months.  Another scope that is a lot of fun is the 10x Super Sniper, and I know it is not a typical hunting scope but you can very easily dial in correction for windage and trajectory and use it to hunt with.

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If you want to stretch to 300 or even 500 yds there is an advantage using some sort of holdover reticle, regardless of caliber. I use and like both the Burris and Leupold B&C reticles. That being said I use a Bushnell Elite 3-9x50 Firefly on my #1 in 270 Wby. Low light performance is more important to me than the BDC reticle for what I use it for. The Bushnell is a long scope (I don't know how it compares weight wise) but that just put the bell out past the rib with med rings. I won't mount anything higher on any of my Rugers. I do have an offset ring on the rear that came with the rifle (bought used). Ring spacing/eye relief I think is the real issue with scoping a #1. Bushnell has some good glass and RainGuard is a real plus to me. I believe they have a holdover reticle with 2 moa spacing.
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