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I have a Remington 700 LVSF in 221 Fireball that I would like to put a new scope on.  For now I mounted a VX-II 3-9x40 on it that I had laying around. This scope is marginal at best for my purpose and would like something with better optics and low light capabilities.

This is my walking varmint rifle with a max range of 250-300 yards.  I will also be using it for predator hunting in low light situations with most shots being under 150 yards.   Since this is a light weight rifle (6.75 pounds) I would like a fairly light and compact scope and stay under $1000 cost wise.  I know a 50mm objective would let more light in but I think that big of scope would look out of place on the rifle.

Right now my leading candidate is the Swarovski American 3-9x36.  Do you think the 3-9x36 would gather enough light or should I step up to the 3-10x42?  Any other suggestions to look at?  I've looked at the Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40, while nice optically it is a little big and bulky. The VX-III 2.5-8x36 would be a nice fit but it doesn't stack up optically to the Swaro.


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The larger objective will allow you to have a brighter image at a higher power.  So basically take 36mm divided by the power you are on and that gives you your exit pupil.  so 39/6= 6mm of exit pupil.  For low light shooting/night shooting you typically want around 6 to 7mm of exit pupil because that is what the pupil in your eye could dilate up to.  So on the 36mm scope you will be best at 5-6x magnification.  On the 42mm you will be best at 6-7x.  This is for low light viewing.  During the day you will be able to use the high powers and be just fine because the pupil in your eye will be smaller. 
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Another you might want to look at is the Trijicon if you plan on doing a lot of low light shooting.  It has the tritium lit reticle that is always bright.  The glass will probably not be quite as good as the Swaro, but they do have very nice glass.  I have always been very impressed with the trijicon scopes I have used.
http://www.swfa.com/pc-4422-227-trijicon-3-9x40-accu-point-rifle-scope.aspx
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