I am looking for a decent scope with high power. I'm either going to replace my 3x9 on my 300 win or my 4x12 on my .270. Or I might just buy a beater rifle like a marlin X7, rem 770, or a vangaurd 2. (25-06 or .257 whby if Vangaurd 2). Everytime I go to the "fill in the blank" sportmans store, I tell these guys what I'm looking for and the first thing they put in my hands is a Swarovski in my hands, which I will eventually get, but when I finally buy that Mark V, or BAR safari that I plan on making a family heirloom. I hunt antelope in Wyoming every year, in the last 3 years I have tagged 9. So obviously I'm not having trouble, but there have been countless 300-500yd shots that I could have taken but I couldn't tell if it was the right target so I sit there staring through glass, either range finder, binoculars, or my scope and next thing I know its about 8-10am and all the animals are going to bed down. Out of the 9 I have tagged none have been inside 250yrds. My main purpose for the questions below are because I want to be able to take confidnet and ethical shots ranging out to 500-700 yards, for the thrill and the increase in possiblitly. So I have a multi-part question centered scope powers. 1) Why are people so reluctant to use scopes with (5-6.5)x(18-24) on anything other than varmit and targets? 2) do they lose their zero from recoil easier than a lower power scope, does high magnifications get really blurry and/or hard to see through? 3) If I am hunting in open Wyoming hills which provide little to no cover, and the average distance I can get is around 300-400yds, and I already have 2 other rifles that are scoped and zeroed for 100-300yd shooting, then why would'nt I want a scope with the bottom end power between 5-6.5 and top end 18-25? 4) Given by maxed out I mean 16-17 on a 6x18 or 20-22 on a 6x24, would a 6-18, 50mm have a clearer sight picture at maxed out magnification than a 6-24, 42mm? 5) with everything said above, any recommendations in the $200-$500 range? I have 2 nikkons and I have been looking at Burris and leo. Im not afraid to possibly go up to the $700, I'd rather have a good scope on a cheaper gun than a cheap scope on anything.