I'm looking to get a new scope for my hunting rifle (.300 win kimber Montana). My current scope is a 4.5-14 VXIII. I'm trying to get into some Black Bear hunting and am thinking a lower scope is the way to go. I'm thinking of a 1.5-5 VXIII. I'd keep the 4.5-14 and get either Talley or Warne QD rings. Assuming that the QD rings prove reliable after testing, I'm thinking this would greatly increase the versatility of my rifle. Not to mention, when I get to Alaska for black bear, I could bring the second scope as a backup.
I have two questions.
First, is the 1.5-5 VXIII ideal for my purposes? I'm looking for a low power scope that would perform well in the event of a close in shot. With the low power scope, am I sacrificing anything with the small objective of this scope (there is no bell on the objective side)
Second, is the QD ring a good idea for a rifle I'm bringing to Alaska?