Well my wife finally broke down and let me buy a new rifle. As I'm making my first trip to hunt elk next fall I went with a magnum, 7mm Ultra Mag to be exact. I got a great end of season deal on the gun, but I have not yet put a scope on it. Of course I would like to put a Leupold Vari-X III, but last time I checked the couch didn't sleep well so I think it's out of my budget range. I'm curious as to whether a lower priced scope such as a Simmons Aetec or a Nikon Buckmaster will be able to withstand the recoil. I know Leupold has a lower end in the VX-II, but I don't know if your getting true Leupold quality or if your just buying the name at this point. Any suggestions or real life experience would be very appreciated.