A while back I posted a .308 v. 30-06 thread and ya'll gave good and thoughtful input. The upshot is I ended up with a Browning BAR in 30-06. (A VERY sweet shootin' gun by the way!) Now it's time to pick a scope. I've got it narrowed down to a 3x9-40 Leupold or Burris in the VX-I or FullfieldII models, respectively. No one in my area (that I know of) stocks Burris so I am unable to do a side-by-side comparison of the optics. I know Leupold has good optics and I am supposing Burris does as well. Both scopes are very closely priced. MHO is that the optics aspect of scopes are over-hyped by the manufacturers because that is something the buyer can "see." Question #1: Within the same price range, are Leupold and Burris about the same in terms of opitcal quality? My guess is "Yes." I would like to hear from someone who knows. Issue number two is the ability of the scope to hold a zero over time and after getting bumped. (Now we're getting into Voo-Doo/Black Magic territory!) Having great optics and light-gathering ability is great, but if the cross-hairs have moved, you're screwed! The Burris web site goes into excrutiating detail about the construction of their scopes. They even have a posi-lock system on their higher end scopes. Leupold does not address this issue at all other than to say they have steel-to-steel contacts, big deal. I find Leupold's lack of info on this area suspect. What has your experience been? Next, illuminated reticles. Are they worth the $100+ over a similar scope with a regular reticle? Finally, I am strangely attracted to Leupold's Quick-Release scope mounts for reasons I can't quite articulate. My BAR does not presently have iron sights attached, but it is tapped for them and I am not above adding them on the gun. I'm in South Alabama where close shots are the norm. A more likely scenario for using the QR/ion-sight set-up is the scope getting bumped as I pull it into the tree stand. (Back to that holding zero issue again.) Thanks for any input.