I live in Wyoming which leaves me with lack of access to most of the scopes folks recommend: Premier Reticle, Swaro, USO, Valdada, etc. I have laid my hands on Leupold, NightForce and Vortex. I'll grant those are pretty good scopes, but none of them are want I am looking for. I don’t like the overall size of the Nightforce or Vortex scopes, and they have elevation turrets that are way too tall for my liking. The Leupold is about the right size, but I didn't care for the "squishy" turrets. BTW, I do not mean offense to anyone that likes/uses any of these I have just criticized. These are merely my opinion on what I want. I am strictly a Wyoming hunter, with no plans or desire really, to hunt elsewhere. I have been hunting my grandfather’s (now my) land for the past 30 years – used a Remington 700LH 30-06 with a Redfiled x4 scope all that time that he gave me on my 14th birthday. I am now retiring this rifle and replacing with a tweaked Ruger from LOSOK (Mark Lammers) in 30-06. I am now looking to stretch out further and do some long range shooting (plus it will be fun to tip of few of the coyotes over too): deer and antelope between 800 - 1000 yards, and elk at under 800 yards. From the reading I have been doing, I am led to believe that having a “tactical” type scope – one with turret adjustability and repeatability – is the best way to go. If it matters, the elevations I range in are between 7500 – 10000 feet, barometric pressures average 24.77 during the hunting season, and typical temperatures range from 0 to 70. I put on 5 to 10 miles in a typical outing, so I am looking for a scope that is lighter weight than most tactical types and turrets that are shorter so they aren’t snagging on stuff. With repeatability/reliability, weight, and size in mind I have settled on these as options, that is barring any new information: 1. Premier Reticles Light Tactical a. A. From a couple video reviews this looks like a winner. I like the turret window as it seems like it would really help a guy like me out in keeping track of where I am in the rotations. i. I wonder about the illumination piece. This scope is already at the very, very upper edge of my budget. Are the cross hairs so fine that I’d really appreciate the illumination, or is it just not worth the $200 extra for a typical hunter like me? 2. Valdada IOR 2.5-10x42 @ $1,255 A. From the spec sheet, this one appears to be the smallest and lightest of the ones on my list B. I mostly like the price on this one and it seems to get solid reviews. Also seems to be the lightest of the bunch. USO with the EREK elevation turret this brand seems like it would keep the turret heights in check for me. A. Appears to be built like tanks. B. Customer service seems easy to work with from what I have read. 1. ST-10 TPAL -I kind of like the idea of a fixed power since that is what I am coming from, but I wonder if that is foolish. Makes the price right too 2. MR-10 - Seems most compared to the Preimer LT for build, size, and weight. Given that I can't find a dealer within 200 miles, I figured I see if I might get input here. I hope to make a purchase within a week or two and would love to be shooting shortly after that. However I have filled my tags for this hunting season, so won’t be hard pressed until next October. Sorry for the very lengthy first post, but thank you for your time and assistance.