OK here's the deal I'm about to buy a Savage model 12 VLP DBM in .243 locally. Savage Arms Firearms > 12 VLP DBM I'll need to put a scope on it. The main use for this heavy barrel heavy stock varmit rifle will be stationary Varmit hunting (sage rats, rabbits and some Coyote). Christmas valley Silver lake type country. For the little critters I doubt I would be reaching past 200 yards Coyotes I'd like 300 yards. I'm not looking for suggestions on brands but on the actual power range of the scope and maybe if lighted rectials and target turrets are advantagous. in my current Price range, brand and model options I find: 3-10X - 44mm 1" tube std turrets 4.5-14X - 40mm 1" tube std turrets mil dot 4.5-14X - 40mm 30mm tube Target/tactical style turrets mil dot(I have one of these on my Varmit .22LR but no field experiance with it yet) 8.5-25X - 44mm 1" tube std turrets mil dot Now I know that with a sage rat at 200 yards 10X is not going to be an advantage but on the other hand 8.5X ain't gonna help on a rabbit at 30 yards What do you guys like? There are others I could look at like a 6-18X but I'll leave that open to discussion.