Via airgun ace Tom Gaylord, I recently learned about a new "scout scope" offering from Leapers, which promises a full field of view from a variable-power, intermediate eye relief glass. Tom had seen a 3-9x; this one is a 2-7x.
The negative: at over 25 ounces it's almost painfully heavy, compared to the workhorse Leupold fixed 2.5x unit (7.5oz) I've grown so accustomed to. Yowch.
The unknown: how low this unit can mount may be open to question. I also don't know how Leapers scopes hold up. IIRC, Gaylord said he found the optical quality on the scope he saw, to be comparable or better than a Leupold Vari-X II, and he would think that the durability and overall quality should be about the same.
But boy, the rest of it is all very intriguing. Field of view, the raison d'etre here, is listed (at 100 yards) as 32' at 2x and 10' at 7x; compare this to Burris' 2-7x scout scope (21' at 2x and 7' at 7x), or to a conventional eye relief 3-9x variable at 33' at 3x and 13' at 9x, and you begin to understand the significance. (The Leupold 2.5x scout is 22' at 100yd.) Exit pupil numbers, on a 30mm tube and 44mm objective, are impressive. Turrets promise to be friendly. The illuminated reticle options seem more like a frill than a requirement, but they might be nice, and the etched reticle itself really does seem like a nice touch.
2-7x is a pretty useful range, for a variable, and hell, for someone accustomed to scopes fixed at 2.5x, dialing up to 7x is going to seem huge. For the price (Leapers has MSRP showing two bills) that would seem to be a good value.
So! Plans duly modified. Start by testing it on the AR platform, and if it works out there, maybe add a copy to the 03 Springfield Scout.