Hi everyone, I would like your input please. Here is the situation. Hunted plenty in my life in S. Texas (i.e. no need for long shots). Have a some strange personal need to shoot really far. Been borrowing a rifle for a while now. Im putting together my first semi custom (Rem 700 Varmint in .308). I will use this for hunting White tail Deer, hogs and varmits and will begin training myself on long range. I am on a budget. Want to limit my scope to $400. I have narrowed my choices to two scopes: Ziess Conquest 3-9x40 Price: On sale at Cabellas for $399 Pros: I would feel I have good optics in my buget. Enough zoom for now for our hunting lease and as I walk myself up to longer and longer shots. Cons: Lowered power, no target turrets to easily set elevation/windage, no side focus/parallax Nikon Buckmaster 6-18x40 Target turrets, side focus/parallax Price: $359 pretty much anywhere Pros: Target turrets side focus/parallax in my budget more zoom Cons: I would feel I had a mediocre optics and I could have done better Either way I went I would probably be upgrading in a few years. What are your opinions on these choices? I know there are other choices in optics out there I just don't have a good feeling about them. I don't have a way to actually look at the other scopes. I know some recommend Bushnell 3200 and 4200 , but, I have seen too many bushnells go crappy.