Currently have a 3-9x40 VX-II on a .30-06 that I use mainly for whitetails up to 400yds. Most of my good opportunities come at dawn/dusk, and my VX-II is just plain terrible for gathering light (for my eyes anyway). I wind up watching the game thru my good binos clear as day, but not enuff good light in my VX-II to take a responsible shot. So, w/ that as background, what good light gathering scope would you guys recommend in the under $800 range? So, again, good, bright light gathering is key for me. My assumptions are that I probably need a 50mm objective lens, but can stick to a 1" tube and don't need the 30mm tube. I understand that I can drop down in the size of the objective lens, and get the same light gathering as a 50mm, but that probably puts me in the stratosphere of scope prices. Also, do I need more than 14x magnification? I wanna leave room to extend my range well beyond 400yds with time (and don't want to buy a new scope to do so), but I'm not an Army sniper, so do I really need the 20X mag that everyone tries to sell me? Seems like that extra money on mag would be better spent on better glass. Finally, what about reticles? I have the basic plex in my VX-II, but everyone is running to the fancy bullet drop compensation stuff, etc. Seems to me that only clouds up the view, and makes it seem darker. Insights/suggestions would be very appreciated.