don taylor wrote: LST expires before the critical light gathering would be needed. A $40 Tasco or Simmons transmits more than enough light for 99.999% of the shooting and hunting situations require.
What if it's overcast, rainy, cloudy or whatever, depends on where and what you are hunting and what you can afford, I'll scrimp and save what ever I have to to put a better scope on my gun, I will never buy another Tasco anything. What is missing an opportunity at a chance of a lifetime because you cheaped out on optics worth to you, been there done that. I like Leupold, I'll spend more on the scope than the gun. Any advantage you can gain is worth it to me, you spread the cost difference out over the years that you'll have it and it's really not that big of a deal. I won't buy a $2000 scope, not because I don't think it's worth it, I just wouldn't feel comfortable carrying it around, $500 is about my comfort level on a scope, I know it's better than a $40 one, I can see the difference.
don taylor wrote: The increase in cost does not translate directly into a increase in function.
Gotta disagree again, especially with optics. Looking through them in the store and in field conditions is 2 very different worlds. I'll pay a little more for the name, because I know I'm getting a good product with a good warranty.
Just my $.02