Have posted before on this topic and received quite a bit of great advice. Kind of rethinking my choice. I hunt elk in thick, doghair lodgepole and open grasslands in MT. Kind of a one rifle guy. Initially I selected Leupold's VX-5HD 2-10 to cover all of my bases. When I retired I received a very generous gift card to Scheel's from the staff at work. I got a notice that there was a VX-5HD for sale and I called before driving all the way in to town. The gun counter guy assured me that the $899 scope was a CDS. Of course, when I got there it wasn't a CDS. Now, it was just a mistake, and I'm not terminally cranky over it but I've had a chance to think about it. Leupold will etch a dial for $80, but if I was going to do that I would just buy up to begin with. So, does anyone have any advice about alternatives? Are the VX3's significantly different for hunting purposes? Any ideas about the Viper HS 2.5-10? I could have Kenton Industries or another company etch a turret for the Viper.