Greetings I'm new to the forum and new, in some ways, to hunting. I will search for relevant threads soon but for now I'd like some advice on scope selection. I've read much info about scope specifics from various resources and I plan to read a lot more. I recently purchased a Winchester 70 in 7mm rem mag. The rifle came with Leupold bases and high rings but let the prev owner keep the Simmons Whitetail 6.5-20x50 that was on it because I want to choose my own scope. I cannot afford a high end scope at this time. I want quality but funds limit me to approx $300 for this buy, might be able to push that some. Can any of you experienced hunters offer up quality glass in that price range that have a proven track record and that are adequate for the range/recoil of the 7mm mag? Hunting with this rifle will take place primarily in North Texas for now, where the terrain is relatively flat with a lot of open areas and medium thick brush. I appreciate any advice ---------------------------------------- edit : I know Leupold and Burris are two of the top name brands out there and I also know that even they can have their flaws and sometimes quality can slip behind a proven name. I also know there are a TON of different options as far scope power, objective lense preferances (I'm leaning toward a 50mm), etc but the bottom line as I can gather is just getting out and shooting through a scope until you're comfortable with what its capable of and then perhaps move to a different model/power. This will be the first scope I choose for myself (I will mount and zero in the scope myself) and it doesn't have to be the perfect scope right now, but simply a proven (bargain) performer on a gun as similarly capable as mine as far as range and recoil are concerned. I'll upgrade later as funds permit.