Great concise advice......I am not one to use alot of power on hunting rifles, but looking at something as a 'one gun to do all' as best can, and since paper at 400 is on the menu, want so resolving power, done very good work in past with 14 or 16 on top end.
Like the VXIII as well except I like the M2 knobs. Want SF for sure, will see what the cheapest way I may get those M2 knobs as it may be a Mark 4 is the only way I don't know. Love the 4200 4-16 but want a more compact SF model, not out yet.....I expect but Bushnell has not said they will do one. Nikon has a 4-16 or so, new monarch SF about configuration looking for, what do you think of them? Thanks. At this time, it would be rare much paper nor hunting will ever be done past 400, though I'd be interested in capability to about 600 or so on deer, for a very rare situation, IF conditions were ideal and ranges were known, etc.
A 3.5-10 may get the job done with less bulk and weight, used fixed 4's and 6x in past with good effect in field, its more the 'target/varmint' shooting where a higher magnification would be desired.
Any word on the newest Nikons would be appreciated. Thanks.