:-? I have been reading this forum for a few months and just registered tonight so I could pick the brains of the "experts" here. I hunt whitetail in dense woods in east & west Georgia. I am looking for some advice on what type of scopes to put on my three favorite hunting rifles. I have a model 70 .300 Win Mag (not short mag), a Remington 7400 in .30/06 & a Ruger M77 MkII Compact in .308 Winchester. (I like .30 cals, can you tell?) I am pretty well set on a Nikon 3-9x40 for the .300 because I rarely use it around the house. (bought it for an elk/mule deer hunt out west) The other two will be called upon to make shots anywhere from 20' out to about 100 yards, so I think a 3-9 is a bit more power than I need. I have a couple of questions though: How important is a 40mm objective lens for light gathering capability and how important is a variable power scope. I am thinking of a fixed 4x Nikon or Leupold, but I can't find a Leupold 4x with a 40mm objective lens. I am also looking at 2-7x variables from the same two manufacturers, but neither one seems to make one with a 40mm objective lens. I would like the versatility of the variable power, but I'm not sure the 32mm objective lens will serve me well in the shadows of the early AM or late PM. Any thoughts are appreciated.