Re: What Rifle scope would you sugjest?
I'm fortunate enough to be able to head on out to the ranch, harvest my speed goat, muley & finish the day off with a coyote stand or weather pending wack some PD's.
I've got a fairly sizeable stable of toys to play with (+20) with ~half being bolt rifles w/optics. The power ranges vary from 1.5-5x on my 375 Ruger to 8.5-25x on my 6-284 & 338RUM. For the types of hunting I usually conduct (spot & stalk or ambush) I cannot recall a single type of scenario where I couldn't power down enough, but I do recall a couple pesky PD's just far enough out to necessitate a little more power, or that goat out there i'm trying to size up before taking the shot.
If you're hunting the thick woods a 6.5-20x isn't going to be ideal, if you're out here in the prairie with me a 3-9x isn't going to cut it either. Think about what your main intent is going to be, where it's going to be used & base your decision on that.
As far as parallax goes, i'm starting to prefer the side adjustment, seems MUCH easier to adjust while prone, but I have a few AO as well, both work just fine, depends on your type of shooting.
Good luck with your decision, the Leupy's catch a bad wrap sometimes & sometimes they deserve it. But when you're putting out 3-4x the amount of product, you're probably going to see more warranty claims, nature of the beast. It's feed back from us that helps them become better manufacturers, don't be afraid to pick up a Leupold just because it isn't the shiniest one in the case, in the small possibility you do have a problem it will be fixed immediately by the type of customer support most optics manfacturers only salivate about.