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Ok, so I think I'm set on the Diamondback 3-9x40 for my .270 deer rifle.  Trying to decide on the plex or BDC reticle, hunting in low light on bean fields.  I wish it came in #4!  Which one? 
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   HEY Lee,
  Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with that Diamondback I saw this Minox ZA3 on SWFA's Sample List and thought you should give it some consideration.  It would move you up to the same class as the Vortex Viper and Zeiss Conquest.  Since you mention low light hunting the Minox with it's better glass and coatings would give a better and brighter image.  Also the reticle is a bit wider.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I too am wondering what reticle would be best for the OP's conditions.
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    Out of the two reticles offered in the Diamondback?  I'd go with the V-Plex because although according to the specs the BDC has the heavier reticle of the two the V-plex has the narrower center opening.  Neither would be optimal because of the low light usage that Lee mentions.
   
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Yeah, most any non-illuminated reticle will be hard to see in low light. If you need 9x magnification besides, you're losing more light in that 40mm than you would at lower magnification. I see that the next step up in that product line has a 50mm objective, so should be brighter, but still lacks an illuminated reticle.

If the light is low enough that I can't see a duplex, its too dark to be shooting game.
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I just did a quick check and came up with this:

http://swfa.com/Bushnell-3-12x56-Trophy-XLT-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P48384.aspx

Yeah, it's bigger and heavier, but has a 56mm objective and illuminated #4 reticle. The spec shows it to have plenty of eye relief. It will require 30mm rings and high or extra high at that, but would be worth looking at. This is $50 more than the scope the OP initially mentioned.

I put a Bushnell Trophy 3-9x40 on a Browning A-Bolt Hunter (12ga rifled slug gun) back in the late 90s and it has held up to the considerable recoil, and is clearer than some of the Leupolds that I have or had.
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Originally posted by 300S&W 300S&W wrote:

 
   HEY Lee,
  Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with that Diamondback I saw this Minox ZA3 on SWFA's Sample List and thought you should give it some consideration.  It would move you up to the same class as the Vortex Viper and Zeiss Conquest.  Since you mention low light hunting the Minox with it's better glass and coatings would give a better and brighter image.  Also the reticle is a bit wider.
 
 
http://swfa.com/Vortex-3-9x40-Diamondback-Rifle-Scope-P10823.aspx

Thanks,  I just ordered the Minox from the sample list.  I've been going crazy looking for a scope this whole off season.
 
 
 
 
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  No problem.  If you would,let us know what you think it.
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