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!