I'm looking to upgrade my scope on my .300 winmag. As of now I have a Nikon Buckmaser 3x9x40. I'd like to move up to a 4x12 or something close to that. Some people have told me to stay with the 40mm and others have said get a 50mm because it allows more light through in darker conditions and gives me a wider range a view. I've read on multiple websites saying a 50mm will not bring more light in and others that say it does bring more light in but the paralax on the 50mm is not as good as a 40mm and a 50mm will sit too high to be able to look through "comfortably".
I have Leupod binos and spotting scope and have always liked the quality and clarity of the glass and have never had a problem with them so I was thinking of buying one of their scopes but have had a few people tell me to stay away from them. Some of them have suggested getting the Vortex Viper saying its just as good or better than the Leupold VX-III (I think that's it) and that people even compare the Vortex glass to the much higher end brands like Zeiss,Leica and Swarovski. Or some have told me to stick with Nikon and upgrade to the Monarch.Then the rest of the group tells me to go with Leupold and they will use nothing but Leupold. The scope I have now has been the "nicest" scope that I've owned and the only problem I've noticed with the scope is it says it's 100% fog proof but it saw snow for the first time this last season and it did nothing but fog up! Other than that the scope has worked out great for me, just want a little higher magnification and switch to a 50mm if it's really better.
Just looking to see if anyone can point me in the right direction here and give me some actual facts or share their experience with the scope they have or what they would buy, and if I should say with a 40mm or move to a 50mm (I only hunt mule deer and elk mainly Utah) Any advice/suggestions would be very helpful! I'm looking to spend around $400-500 but if there's a "must have" scope thats a little more expensive than I wouldn't be against forking out the extra money.