Jeff: Just a suggestion, but have you looked at the Burris Ballistic-plex line of scopes? I think for Hunting, they would fit what you are looking for. The Leupolds are very fine scopes, and I have some myself. And I think you meant to say 30MM tube, not 40. 40MM would be the objective lens dia. Burris scopes are built like a Sherman tank! And their new retical is very good.[I hear. I don't have one] But if you want it for more like target shooting, I would go with the Leupold 3.5-10 Vari-x 3, with Mil-dot retical, and a 30MM tube. The rings will cost you more, as will the scope, but you will have the best of both worlds. You can learn to use the mil-dots for hold over, hold under, hold off. The differance between a 1" tube and a 30MM tube is light gathering and claritey of the image. You will be able to see your target image about 20 to 30 minutes in the AM before most other people, and 15-30 minutes in the PM after most other people cannot see there image in a 1" tubed scope. I hope this helps you out some.