OK. To cut a long story short. Someone close to me wants to buy me a scope as a gift. No special occasion, they just want to help me out.
They said that budget is not an issue, but I do not want to spend over £2500.
They went to a lot of trouble and spent hours on the internet looking at various scopes (I pointed them to the Zeiss, Swarovski and Schmidt and Bender websites) and features.
They keep bombarding me with questions of the type:
1. Do you want a scope with an intergrated range finder?
2. What magnification?
3. Fixed or variable magnification?
Now, a bit of background to my stalking ground:
I will be mostly hunting red and Roe deer (but occasionally others, most probably fallow) in mixed terrain. The land is in Scotland and consists of hills, forests, open areas and crevasses. I am also shooting at targets with my rifle club, so I want to use the scope there too. Maybe in the future I take boar shooting too, so I am after an all arounder of a scope, really! The scope will go on a A bolt in .308
I was thinking maybe going for a variable magnification (say 2.5-10x56), definitely illuminated reticle (flash dot, maybe?) and certainly a scope that is capable of low light operation (something like Zeiss' T* multicoating) hopefuly allowing for water repelling pearl-off effect and for simplified cleaning.
I am open to suggestions, please help me out here. There are so many models out there, it drives me crazy. Plus, since someone else is buying it for me, I would like to make sure I get the best scope for the money they spend on me with a scope that will last me long and serve me well.
Thanks in advance!