My reticle is the Mildot only because lately I also hunt in the woods of Wisconsin where I may need a heavier reticle to show up against brush. Previously I used the NP-R2.
I am easily getting full field of view without undue concern over getting wacked. Obviously the heavy barrel is a major factor here. As I recall, I went 2 pounds heavier than Ernie's 7 Dakota.
I need a bystander to tell us how close the scope is to my head. I'll work on that with Mike after deer season. And then I'll also practice the "spot my own hits" technique and report back to the group.
For my needs, the 3.5 to 15X is perfect. Powerful enough for ranges way past what I will hunt big game at. At low power, wide enough field of view for a potential 50 yard shot. (Although I can't actually remember what a 50 yard shot is like?