I'll add that you should get the 50mm version of 5.5x22.
This mounts lower, reducing level sensitivity.
Or if you care to save a few bucks buying a better scope, get a 8.5x25Mk4/M1 from Leupold custom.
It's lighter and has the superb Alumina flip-ups/filters.
I figured out the hard way GH hunting this year, that level is critical, and that it is not a natural condition to detect in the hills.
Mind your level just prior to the squeeze.
Get a 'ScopeLevel' on a lowest mounted scope.
I feel like a total beginner when asking this question, however I am not what I would consider a beginning shooter...it will just be the most money I have laid out for optics and I want to make a good decision.
I have had Mueller's and Tasco's and BSA's up to this point. My Mueller and Tasco have been the best for me so far and I have two confirmed one shot groundhog kills at 480+ yards, one was 480 and one was 485.
That is using a mil dot scope, doing the math, using a mil dot master and gettin er done off of a Harris bipod, laying along the edge of a cornfield. I want to have my .308 capable farther than my 243 has done so far...and just want to get the most bang for the buck when I get a scope for my .308, one that will be around for a while and get er done.
Thanks to ya'all for your words of wisdom, I really do appreciate it. Maybe I should have done a search or something before I just blurted out a NXS Nightforce...but anyway. Thanks again guys. I appreciate your help.
I suggest Leupold because for a walking varminter, the Mk4 is perfect.
I'm currently down to 2 NXS scopes(22x & 32x) that I use for long range competition guns. These finished guns are heavy though at ~17lbs(1KBR & a T2K).
For GH hunting I use either a Browning eclipse rebarreled in 6BR, or a Cooper M21 in 223. Both have 8.5x25Mk4 scopes with custom reticles.
You won't go wrong with either. They will both git-r-done, and are backed by excellent service if needed.
If you're like me, you walk & setup as opportunities present. You might cross fence lines, ditches, climb hills, or lay in dung if needed.
Well, forgot what I was gonna say.. Damn I wish I was out there today.