Hi, I am new to this forum, looks like a nice place. Anyway I just got urge to purchase a new rifle and picked out a Ruger 77/17 cal. Gopher season is getting close. Anyway I will need to scope this gun and am not sure how important spending a ton of cash on a scope. I have a extra bushnell trophy 3-9 that I will probably set on it at least to see if it feels good. I have a 223 ruger that I had the scope on but was not really happy with getting it positioned for a nice eye relief or whatever thats called. I actually have 4 of these scopes purchased mainly because I thought they were good for the buck, not so sure anymore, I picked up a used leopode 3-9 and put that on the 223 and love it. I am thinking that being a small caliber rifle that maybe I wouldn't need something designed to take the thunder power of a bigger gun. Well this is a lot of rambling and not much question so if anyone could through a few names and suggestions that I could look at. I am not just sure what makes a scope good or better then others. I have seen some listed a 1500 bucks and more. Not interested in that for plinking. Thanks. untill a reply I will keep reading posts here. lots of good discussions.