Ron, If you look closely at my pic, mine wears a limbsaver recoil pad. Makes it very light indeed. One reason I use a 2-10 scope is you just never know when a shot close in may present itself. The 1st Elk I ever harvested was at 35 yards. He just wandered over the top of a ridge as I was coming up the other side. My 1st Mule deer was at less then 50 yards...
For Whitetail around here, 100- is the norm. 400 yards w/ a 10x gives a sight picture equal to 42 yards. That is more then enough for Elk, Whitetail, Bear at 400+ yards. More magnification does not always eqaul better performance when hunting IMHO. I use a fixed power 4x32 to 300 yards on my 6.5x55. I would rather have the ability to see a larger area at distance and find my target, then zoom in. But, to each their own. You should also check and see what happens to the eye relief on many scopes as you increase the power. Some will make it hard as the eye relief changes. Best of luck on your quest. Varmint and target scopes are in one catagory, medium and large game scopes another. Sure I own rifles with high powered scopes, but not on medium and big game rifles. JP
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