[QUOTE=Hookeye;1567079]I'd slap a 2-7X Leupold on it and be done.
It's what my deer rifle (.35 remington) wears. 2x is pretty sweet in the woods.
Low power makes movers easy.
In trying to save a few bucks now, you might actually save a few bucks later
So..................just how much is a trophy buck worth?
Figuring in vacation time, gas, maybe lease costs, complaints from the old lady why you're gone so much.........I wouldn't buy a cheap scope.
Have seen many a cheapy fail. Why anybody would risk such a thing, esp if they had big bucks on their hunting ground......is beyond me. But then, even does and smaller bucks deserve a humane death and optics can fail and cause poor hits. Don't scrimp.
Hookeye, you are SO right.
Your scope should cost at least as much - or more - than your shotgun. (Same logic with a good rifle). You get what you pay for in optics. Leupold is the Gold Standard in this country, for good reason - it earns it. Would you want to lose the trophy of a lifetime because your cheap 'economy' scope fails? Fogs up? Loses focus? Reticle drifts off zero? Seen all of those happen.
Even on my varmint rifle, that holds true, even varmints deserve a clean kill. Being in Europe with a strong US dollar in the '80's I kind of went overboard, bought an 8x56 Schmidt und Bender 30mm tube for my .222 for the price of an equivalent Leupold. Awesome optics! Dusk looks like bright daylight - and that is the difference between quality scopes and "economy" stuff. Granted, not everyone can afford that, but please, get the best that you CAN afford. You will never regret it, and the game deserves your best shot.