I would concur with orchemo since the 2.5-8x is my favorite scope of all I have ever tried. That being said, many of my Marlins wear the 2-7x Leupold with the heavy Duplex for the thick, brushy areas I tend to hunt. I have not looked through one of the compacts in several years but back around 1990 they were a little dissapointing. The 308mx has the potential to use any good glass so you are much better off, in my opinion, paying for quality rather than magnification. I think that you have some great suggestions here already, take your pick!
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+2 on the Leupold VX-3 2.5-8X-probably the best scope I have ever put on a gun!
i topped mine with a redfield accuplex 4x12x40. works great for these old eyes
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my first scope on my 308MX was a Nikon Prostaff 3x9x40 with Weaver 2 piece mounts & Leupold Rifleman rings, med height, but due to the area in which i hunt (hills, woods) i changed to a Redfield 2x7x33, same mount, but now use the "low height" Leupold Rifleman rings. I seem to get a better cheek weld with this set up, but both have rigs have taken deer.
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Both my MX's 308/338 have Leupold 2x7x33 in low Weaver rings on Warne steel 2pc bases...it gets the scope as low as possible and solid as a rock...I like the 2x power on the bottom end because they will always possibly need to be in brush jumping situations where the target of my desire could be within a couple yards of the front sight..I have a 1.5-4.5x on my 35Rem but I honestly dont see any diff in the extra .5 power low end...both seem perfect
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A lot of love here for the VXIII 2.5X8 and I'm right at the front of that line but... this year I've pulled the 2.5X8 and replaced it with a VXII 2X7 Ultralight. Too early to say if it stays or not but it's looking pretty good so far. Lost 3.2 ozs. which is probably not significant and about half an inch of eye relief which might be. Otherwise size is the big difference.
This is what it looks like now:
This pretty much shows the size difference:
I'll have a better idea after elk season but unless something unforeseen comes up (like low light capability) the Ultralight has probably found a home. Hope this helps.
Scopes 36mm and less keep the physical balance of the rifle more intact. Also, you can use low rings with them. Last, consider a beartooth comb elevation kit. works great for me.