Re: One scope to do it all.....
I have a 280 that is my all-purpose carry gun. It wears a Leupold VX3 4.5-14x40. I had the Leupold Custom Shop add M1 tactical knobs and a TMR reticle. 4.5x magnification is good for the up-close work and 14x is good enough for the long shots (I killed a groundhog at 575 this year - no trouble). Although I juuuuust missed, I took a shot at a groundhog at 907. With the scope at 14x, I could see the hog clearly.
More simply, there are two issues for you....
1. Magnification Range - for an all purpose scope you need a low enough magnification to handle shots that will be up close, but with sufficient magnification for the looooong shots. 4x to 14x is good.
2. Quality of Glass - magnification won't go far if you can't see threw the scope. Buy the best glass you can afford.
I'm not gonna shoot here. I'm gonna shoot waaaaaaaay over there!
Last edited by trebark; 06-17-2010 at 03:39 PM.