Originally Posted by cpttango30 So you want a scope. 1. Price 2. Use 3. Rifle 4. Caliber 5. Variable or fixed power 6. Any other requirements you have. If you give use these few items we will be able to guide you in the proper direction for optics. We are here to help. I read this thread the other day and I have looked at the SWFA site. From what I have looked at, I have a few favorite brands so far: Leupold, Bushnell, Burris, Zeiss, and Nikon. I have a few others but those are out of my price range. I will admit that even after browsing the site for the past few days, I am partial to Bushnell, Leupold, and Burris based on brand reputation and Nikon because my brother recommended it (he was a pmi at Parris Island) and he told me that for the money he believes that Nikon can stand next to some of the lower end Leupolds. 1. < or = $1,000. 2. hunting and possible light competition shooting 3. Browning X-Bolt Medallion 4. 30-06 5. Definitely variable power 6. I want a well rounded scope. Although I will be primarily hunting, I want a scope that is versatile enough to give me an opportunity to fair well at a competition. Some kind of BDC would be a huge plus to adjust on the fly. Have fun sorting through this information. Thanks for the opportunity to share.