Can't go wrong with a Leupold. For varmint hunting a 3x9 will do most anything you need unless your shooting consistantly beyond 300yds. For long range shooting look at the 6.5x20 or save a few bucks and go with the 6x18
While I have always been a big Leupold fan, I recently acquired a Burris Fullfield 2 scope with their Ballistic Plex reticle in 4.5-14 power. I like it a lot!! Very high quality optics with a lifetime garantee just like Leupold. Give it a look!!
Lots of good glass out there and some real junk also. Leupold VarX-lll is great glass. Just got flyer from Midway and they have the X-lll 3.5x10x40 on sale for $399.00, and the X-lll 4.5x14x40 for $429.99. Darn good prices on these units. Have Leupold VX-lll on all of my 22-250's and really like them. Good luck in whatever you choose.
Check out the new Trijicon Accupoint rifle scopes.
I have a a 2.5 - 10 X 56 (30mm tube) that is fantastic. List price is $950, I paid $700. Great optics, very clear and remarkable light gathering abilities.
Illuminated reticle makes it great in really dark situations.
With just two exceptions, I use nothing but Leupolds and as an outdoor writer, am able to deal directly with Leupold. I ordered a scope just last week for a rifle I bought just to have one in my collection and was hesitant to go with a less costly VX-I but was also reluctant to invest a lot of money in a scope for a rifle I might never shoot. My contact person and I had a discussion about the quality of Leupold's current model line and I learned that when the Leupold variable-power scope model names were changed from "Vari-X" to "VX" a few years ago, it was because of improvements in lenses and coatings that had become available. As a result, today's VX-I transmits more light and has cleared optics than the Vari-X II of years gone by. Today's least-costly Rifleman series basically is the former Vari-X I.
In fairness, I have to say that I have an older Bausch & Lomb 4200 Elite (which is the current Burris 4200 Elite) 6-24x on a .22-250 and it is right up there with a Leupold.
I have a same as new with SUN SHADE 50 MM lens, Matte Finish 6.5X20 Leupold
If you haven't bought one yet, let me know, I will sell $75.00 les that retail When you buy this scope you don't get the SUN SHADE Which is worth from $35.00
I have the Leupold 6.5X20, I also have 2 Burris Target scopes in Gloss finish
theses are nice scopes, 44 mm, one is a 10 power with a dot and very fine cross hairs, the other one is a 6X18 with cross hairs, any interest please e-mail me.
I had a 6.5-20 AO leup. on my 22-250 and was able to connect on chucks out to 450 lazered yds. (fair amount of luck involved too) I went to the nightforce 12-42 Must say I'm obsessed. I recomended the 4.5-14 to a friend for a 204 ruger, the model he bought has no adjustable objective and I am not impressed. So, you definatly want the AO. I would look hard at the 8.5-25. My leup was about forty bucks more than the rifle it went on top of. Don't ask about the NF
I have a Leopold 6.5 x 20 on one of my seventeens and it is a nice scope. However, I have a Sightron 4 x 16 with a fine wire and a 3/8 min. dot on my .17 Tactical and it is a really really nice scope. Plus, you can send the scope to a fellow whose name I have forgotten in New Mexico and he will put dots on the wire for your load at different ranges. Send him a long sheet of butcher paper with groups at different ranges and he will put the corresponding dot on the wire for you. Neat for long range varmints. Quicky