I'm giving my 16 yr. old nephew a new Mossberg ATR .270 for Christmas, and he will be needing to buy a scope for it. He will probably be using it for paper, groundhogs, 'yotes, deer and maybe antelope & elk. Who knows? We cannot use it to hunt deer in this state (Indiana) but it's legal for varmints - go figure. It's his first rifle other than a .22LR, so I imagine his eyes will bug out when he opens the box tomorrow. A cousin lives in Wyoming, so I'm pretty sure that it'll be taking a trip out there in the future. I wrote up a list of things for him to buy, so I don't know how much $$ he will have for a scope, but he's really good at putting $$ away, so I'm guessing that he'll have enough to buy a decent scope. I wrote & said that if he bought the brass, powder & bullets I would help him learn how to reload. What does everybody recommend? I suggested a 2.5-10 x 40 or 3-9 x 40 scope. The gun has weaver style bases from the factory, but I dislike using weaver style rings. Suggestions? I'm 99% sure that it takes the same bases as a Remington 700.