Greetings! I will be purchasing a .17 hmr in either a Marlin X or Savage 93 series. My son is getting/waiting for a Savage model 19055 in .308, complete with fluted heavy barrel, AccuStock & AccuTrigger, threaded barrel and 5r /1:11.25 rifling. Our range has 100 and 300 yard targets and is currently installing a 600 yard too. My .17 will be for paper targets only. The 19055 will be 90% target and maybe one day hunting who knows..... I would like to put decent scopes on each, though our budget is tight. Besides brand, what multiplication scope should we be looking into? I can get a Leupold vx2 in 3x9x40mm for about $300. With the quality of the glass usually you can go less multiplication, but will a 3x9 Leupold be enough scope. I am older and need glasses now. If not enough scope, what are some suggestions? Also what is the best reticle for the shooting described above. BTW- we are both novices. However we have both been shooting for years at 50/100 yards with .22 LRs and Camp 9 9 mm carbines. Thank you, any suggestions is appreciated. UPDATE: My son decided to add more cash and get a Leupold 4x12 not sure which one but it was $479 for 40mm bell and $549 for the 50mm bell. Nearly all my shooting will be in the 100-300 yard range 80% of the time. I have a decent deal for a Nikon Buckmaster 4.5x14x40 mm for $224 shipped. That should be fine for my skill level and funds. There is 3 choices of reticles. BDC, MIL-dot, and NikoPlex. Not sure what would be best for me. I am thinking the NikoPlex. UPDATE 2 Still researching a good choice. I have 3 scopes I am really interested in. The Nikon Buckmaster 4.5x14x40mm with NikoPlex reticle $224 shipped. Bushnell Elite 3200 Tactical Rifle Scope 10x 40mm 1/10 Mil Adjustments /Mil-Dot Reticle for $199 shipped. And the SWFA SuperSniper in 10x42 or 16x42 or 20x42 for $299. All would work, just not sure which is the best for my application. Suggestions, opinions, comments appreciated!