Notes on replacement scopes
I don't know your finances, but if you can afford it I would recommend that you plan on spending atleast 150.xx for your new scope. I agree that the new Redfield line of scopes are alot of scope for the money. I also think that you get alot of scope when you buy from Nikon. I personally have several Leopolds which I like but they are going to cost over 350.xx for the vari-x 3s. I also recently bought a Nikon African series that I like as much as my Leopolds but it's price was around 250.xx. For the extra 75-100 dollars over the cheap scopes you will get better lenses and better coatings on the lenses. This is not always obvious in the store but you will see it out in the woods. Another area where quality matters is in the scope adjustments. Better scopes do what you ask of them, two clicks in a direction actually will move your group in the direction selected and the amount selected. Another thing to think about is the scopes around 150.xx should not have a moving zero when you change the scope from say 3 to 9 power.