Originally Posted By TejasSD:
I think since I want to run this SR-25 in more of a DMR capacity I am leaning towards the 3-18. It weighs only 23oz so it's super light weight considering it's size power. Now to decide on which reticle.
Well, it sounds like you want more of a sniper/bench rest type set up. so I will tailor my discussion points to that type of scope.
I was not that impressed with the Mark6's glass, especially when you consider the price for the illuminated version ($3-4.5k: http://swfa.com/Leupold-Mark-6-Riflescopes-C4184.aspx
I would put a Nightforce 3.5-15x50 F1 (front focal plane with a Horus reticule) on a DMR or precision type 308 rifle. They can be found for $3k, and I frankly feel you lose nothing to the Leupold Mark 6's feature set.
If you really have the cash, look at a Schmidt and Bender 3-20x50, because they are priced less than a Mark 6 (for the illuminated Horus versions). A Premier 3.5-15x50 is also a nice option. Both the S&B and Premier have far better glass than the Leupold Mark 6 or 8 models.
If you change your mind and want a 1-6x or 1-8x optic (and you have the cash), I would take the S&B 1-8x SFP or 1.1-8x FFP scope that just came out (I looked through them at the NRA convention). Much better glass and eyebox than the Leupold Mark 8 IMHO. Another option is the good old S&B short dot 1.1-4x or the Kahles 1-6x24. I run a Kahles on my SCAR-17 and love it. I realize it is not NVD compatible, but I would switch to an Aimpoint if running a NVD while hog hunting.