That's kind of the direction I was going. At 2.5 power I believe I should be good up pretty close . The illuminated reticle I'm not sure if it's worth the extra $200+ is it?
I have that same 1.5-4 VX freedom on my .45-70, it is a good scope. I was thinking of a little more power for the .375, but hearing that and doing some other research it is sounding like the 1.5-5 vx3hd is probably the way to go.I went with the Leupold 1.5-4 Freedom. I was thinking up close shooting ability was the most important item on my list. The scope has worked out fine. There are hash marks (I was calling them aiming points, but I was corrrected) for shooting longer distances. I've shot several times to 300 yards and a few times to 400. Enough to know I could hit that far out. I will spend more time and $$$ this next season getting out to 500 as I get the loads worked out and getting use to the hash marks.
My up close and general hunting load will be the Hornady CX 250. It needs a min. impact speed of 2000fps. That limits its use to about 275 or 300 yards depending on what I run for speed at the muzzle. IF I can get the point of impacts to work out I will carry another "softer" 270 grain for longer distances. Just me, but I don't think I'd take a field first shot beyond 300 yards; too many things going on the longer the range. I want the longer range ability in case I need to do a follow up shot and the target has moved beyond the 300 yard mark.
Lots of play time at the range over the speed meter and getting the hash marks figured out.
I have the 2.5-8 on my .338. It is a great scope. I like the 1.5-4 better for this use; standing "rapid fire" from 100 to 25 yards the 1.5 seems to work better for me.