So, what's the best magnification and configuration for big-game hunters? Like most things, it depends. But for all-around utility, it's hard to go wrong with the classic configurations: a 2-10x42 or a 3-9x40. Here's why:
LOW AND HIGH MAG**
Assuming we're talking here about second-image-plan reticles and what can be considered classic hunting scopes, as opposed to tactical scopes mainly used for target shooting, you want an optic with the best combination of light-gathering, magnification, and resolution (like the Bushnell scope we tested above).