I went deer hunting for the first time last season - really liked it. My hunting was done around Republic, WA in mostly woods, but some open clear-cut areas. My gun was a Marlin 336 30-30 with a 1-3x20 Weaver scope on it. This worked great for the wooded areas, but I kind of wanted something with a little more reach for when we were in the clear-cuts. So, I recently ordered a 30.06 bolt gun. (this was also partly a nostalgia purchase as my grandfather always hunted with a bolt-action 30.06) What kind of scope should I put on this thing? The classic suggestion seems to be a 3-9x40, but I'm wondering if this is too much power for tromping around in heavily wooded areas? I really liked the low-power setting on my 1-3 for when I was in those areas. I was thinking about a 2-7x32-ish to give me a little lower power than the standard 3-9. However, one of the reasons I got this gun is to "reach out farther" in the clear-cut areas, so I don't want to get a lower-power scope and defeat that purpose. In terms of scope brand, I've been leaning toward a Leupold VX-2 or VX-3. The VX-3 is about $100 more, and when I looked through them at Cabelas, I couldn't really tell all that much difference. I suspect the difference might be more noticeable at the start/finish of hunting hours, not in a well-lit store. Thoughts? What do you all use?