I have been trolling the forums here and haven't found yet someone else asking the same question I am trying to answer. I am looking to buy a scope for a Savage 300 Win Mag to hunt elk. I need something that will allow me to shoot in close ranges if I am cruising the timber shooting at about 10 yards and then up to 600 yards (or possibly a bit more) in the open meadows. My idea hunting situation would be to hunt up through timber to some favourite clearings and then set up for longer shots. My budget is $1500 or less, though my Mrs. would probably appreciate it and approve the purchase faster if I could work it $1,000 or less. I don't want to spend money unnecessarily on stuff I don't use, but then again this is a lifetime investment and I'm prepared to ante up if need be to get the right thing. What would you buy and why? I'm a bit on option overload. I don't want to spend a whack of money and then regret it later! I'm not the kind of hobbiest that has a dozen scopes around that I can afford to buy, play with and switch around.