Fixed or vari power scope?
I am getting a new rifle, a kimber montana in .257 roberts and am trying to decide which scope to put on it. I have narrowed it down to these two:
Leupold FX-3 6x 42mm fixed power or
Leupold VX-3 2.5-8x 36mm vari power
this will be a lightweight deer rifle that I will use from any where from 0 to around 250 yds or so (maybe 300). so, mainly short range.
As i see it, the benifits to the fixed power is simplicity and a little bigger obj. it is a tad heavier and the one I was looking at has the LD duplex scope with a couple of dots for placement at different ranges. it is a few dollars less than the vari, but not enough to worry about. I do worry that 6x may not be as good as 8x at the long range and maybe too much up close. although on my other vari's i usually keep them at the 5-6x anyway.
the benifit to the vari is obviously the ability to change power, but with a slightly smaller obj. also its one more thing to fiddle with.
anybody else have any fuel to add to this debate?
please post your opinions. thanks