Re: $200 vortex vs Zeiss for hunting
I have a couple of Vortex scopes, a couple of Zeiss scopes and a couple of Leupold scopes.
One Leupold is currently going back to the factory as it won't keep its zero. Generally I love the glass, clarity and eye relief but their recent record is spotty.
The Vortex are great for the money, but I would personally never get less than a 40mm objective, preferably 44 or more, if shooting anything past 150 or 200 yards. I've used Leupold 32mm scopes on my hunting partner's rimfires as well as his shotgun. I actually wouldn't use one on anything as the field of view is just too small for me. I like the Vortex Viper HS LR, and think it's a great scope for the money (about $500).
The only 2-7x40 I own is a Burris I've had on my semi-auto 30-06 for over 30 years (!) and I would not choose this power for longer range. Mix a 2-7 with a 32mm and I think you're in for a big disappointment.
The Zeiss scopes are better than the Vortex or the Leupold, but you'll pay more for them too. I have 4.5-14x44 and x50, and think they're worth what they cost.
PS. I'd buy the Savage.