Originally Posted by cdherman
Again, I'd rather have a dedicated fixed power scope for load development. I don't see any fixed power scopes in the Leopold MKIV series.
Or make an argument why I should opt for a scope with lots of lenses when I am only trying to hit a bullseye at a fixed, known range??
As far as I know, a fixed power scope generally has the same number of lenses as a variable scope in the same price range. Both designs have objective, erector, and eyepiece lens assemblies. The objective and eyepiece assemblies have the same number of lenses in both fixed and variable scopes in the same model line. Different model lines may differ in the number of lenses in the objective and in the eyepiece. Some model lines add a lens here or there (triplet objective, side focus, etc.), but this has nothing to do with fixed vs variable zoom.
The same number of lenses (usually two) are needed to invert the image in the erector, regardless of whether the scope has variable or fixed zoom. The main difference in a fixed scope is the lack of power ring and mechanism inside the erector that moves the erector lenses to vary the magnification. The cost savings is small because these mechanical parts are not very expensive, and it's probably offset by the lower production volume for fixed models.
A fixed scope may have higher reliability due to absence of the zoom mechanism. In my experience, zoom mechanism reliability is mainly an issue on magnum rifles. Unless you're planning to use the scope mainly for load development on magnum rifles, I tend to agree with others that there isn't much advantage in a fixed scope.
If you're mainly trying to save money, then I also recommend the Bushnell Elite 10x40 scope. I bought two of the 3200 10x40 scopes years ago when I was on a tight budget. I don't use them much anymore, but when I do it's for load development.