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This is my first post here and I want to thank everyone who posts all the great info.

Back in 1996 I bought a Savage 110 30.06 with a P.O.S. scope on it.  After 4 years of messing around with it I finally put the gun in its case and it hasn’t seen the light of day since.  I did that for three reasons.  It kicked so hard it wasn’t enjoyable to shoot.  After many hours with jewelers files and polish I couldn’t get rid of a “click” in the trigger.  And finally, I couldn’t get that P.O.S. scope to hold zero for more than three shots.  After ten years my interest in this gun has rekindled and I’m now buying the parts to fix those problems.

This post is about the scope issue.  Normally I am very open to other peoples suggestions of “have you looked at…”, “you should check out…”, or “XXXX is a great scope”.  However, that’s not my interest here.  After two weeks of hardcore looking, with a lot of the info coming from this forum, I am 99.99% sure I’m buying a Diamondback.

I enjoy hunting, as well as, long distance target shooting.  “Long distance” being relative to the equipment I’m using.

I have a good layman’s knowledge of scopes, but I’m no expert.

I have narrowed my choices down to a 3.5-10X50 or a 4-12X40.

Here’s the question.

I live in Washington State where you can expect to take a hunting shot at either dawn, dusk, or dreary grey/rainy, low light conditions. Is it better to go with the better low light performance of the 3.5-10X50mm, or have the extra x2 magnification of the 4-12X40mm for when I really want to stretch the legs of the gun.

Thanks in advance for any input.  Resbum
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To cut through all the extra info in my last post, all I'm asking is:
 
When all else is equal between two scopes;  To the naked eye, is there more performance gain from 10 more mm of objective, or 2 times more magnification?
 
Just curious
 
Thanks.  Resbum
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IMO... I would recommend the 50 and considering your rainy area... You should consider the Bushnell 3200 or 4200.  That won't blow the budget and the rainguard is very good.
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The 10mm would make the scope slightly brighter on a slightly higher power but there's trade off's .
 
You can mount the 40mm lower for a more natural position, tad more power range, might be lighter, might be tougher(some say smaller objective lensed scopes hold zero better). I'd go for the 40mm.............I just don't think the low light performance between the two is worth trading off the mounting height and extra power range !
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Thanks.  I appreciate the input. 
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