As has been brought up on this site, having good optics is paramount. Here's my question; how much do you need to spend to get good optics?
Let's stick with your rifle scope. Over the years, I've hunted with Redfield, Burris, Nikon, Leopold, Kahles, Tasco, Weaver, Bushnell, Bausch and Lomb and Unertle. I've never tried the Zeiss, Leica or Swarovski, but I'd sure like to.
With that said, there's a world of difference in the quality of scopes and light-years of difference in price. Is it worth the money to step up to one of the big three? Or are there other scopes that will do the same thing for a lot less money? I'd like to hear what you think.