Originally Posted by icallshotgun88
Do I want an illuminated reticle? Pros and cons?
BDC dial or BDC reticle? Pros and cons?
How much variable zoom would I need to comfortably shoot at 300 yards?
the illuminated reticle will give a little advantage early in the morning and late in the evening when light levels are still low. most of the them have a dimness level control so you can use as much or little as you think you needbased on light levels.
BDCwork great if they are dialed into the cartridge and load you are shooting with your rifle. some range testing will give you an idea as to what type of drop with a particular load has with your scope and rifle set-up.
for a deer rifle, my suggestion would be from a 3-9 to maybe a 4-12 power scope. anything more at that distance, you will lose field of view and make it hard to find a deer. this where a pair of binoculars are very handy. alows a very broad range of vision to find the deer then use the scope to pinpoint it from the lower power levels, then zoom in with the scope to a higher poser if needed.