Howdy folks, I've got a new addition to my stable, a 7 mag. Time for the scope. I've got an older redfield widefield 2X7 on a .223 NEF single shot, and I've always liked that scope. But I hear the newer redfields are not as good. I havn't tried one. I've got a loopy vari-xII 2x7x33 on my savage 243, and it's a great scope. At one time, I had a simmons 44 mag scope on a win mdl 94 44 mag lever action, wasn't a huge fan of it, and lastly, a 300 win mag I had a loopy varixII 4-12x40 AO scope atop it (a rig i should have never given up). Conclusions: I love the leupolds and older redfields. I don't know much about any of the other scope players. I can't afford the zeiss, or swarovski range, I'm looking at about $300 on the scope. Are there any other scope models i should be looking at? I figure to scope this with a 3x9 at mininum, it is to be a deer bulldozer with the chance for elk eventually. 4x12 might be a better choice, for a longer elk shot someday, but seeing as how my shots now are not past 150, I may wait on a the higher magnification. (Besides, if I need another scope someday, I might as well get the gun for it, too! ) You scope masters help a fella out, any other options to look into before I go buy the Leupold? Nikon? Simmons? Bushnell?