I've got a scope question and I figured guys who hunt Alaska would be good to put it to. I'm shopping for a scope for a 375H&H that I'm having built. I'm a "two-gun" hunter. I have a 308 for everything deer sized and smaller. Then I use a 375 on everything bigger. (At least it usually breaks down more or less along those lines.) So I need to scope to be at least somewhat versatile.
I'm looking at the Leupold VX-3, but haven't decided between 1.5-5x or 1.75-6x. (Actual magnification is 1.5-4.5x for the first, 1.9-5.5x for the second.) I would like to get the increased high end of the 1.75-6x. But I'm concerned about the low end. This is a gun I'll definitely use for boar hunting. And if I ever win the lottery it will be the one I'll take out for brown bear and to Africa. So what do you think, if you got rushed by a boar at close range would you rather have the 1.5x low end, or would the 1.9x be just as good?
If it really doesn't matter then I'll go with the latter. But if the 1.5-5x is noticeably better in tight quarters then that's how I would want to go. Unfortunately I don't have the option of viewing them side by side up here.