| bama wrote:|
200-300 yds. whitetail, mule deer.
.............A 7mm/08? A 7mm Rem Mag?...........Either cartridge even out to 400-500 yards (beyond your estimated range)would do very well with a 2x8 or a 2.5x8.
Well within your price range. You don`t necessarily need to spend up to your max dollar amount to get a great scope!
Leupold VX3 2.5-8x36
Zeiss Conquest 2-8x32
Versus the 3x9`s or the 2.5x10s, which are perhaps two of the best all around for hunting variable magnifications, I have a deep liking for the 2x8s and 2.5x8s. They are a little better on the low end for shorter range woods work with a wider FOV, while still giving the magnification needed out to the longer ranges just like the 3x9s and the 2.5x10s. They are generally a little more compact (shorter) depending on the scope and lighter than either as well.
Remember this too! A few if not most hunters, including myself, will seldom if ever use more than 6x for our longest of hunting shots. The more you magnify your scope onto a target, the more the scope wobble will be. We all have it. Excessive wobble or movement delays your shot requiring more settling time. When your brain sees (via your eyes first) less wobble or movement through the scope, you are more apt to fire your shot with greater certainty while taking less time.
To better reference my point with regards to scope wobble, there is a video with Wayne Van Zwoll that I need to find. I can`t remember where it is, so I have to go find it. After I do, then I`ll reference it on my next post here on this thread.