What is your preference for a scope finish? I'm not asking what you have so much as which you prefer. I ask because while most scopes are black, few have that classic gloss finish anymore. I think part of the reason is that hunters prefer to have glare-free surfaces on their guns and partly because a matte finish is cheaper to make than a polished gloss. If you prefer different finishes for different situations, vote or explain which you prefer most of the time. __________________________________________ For myself, for most applications, I prefer the classic gloss black. This is despite the fact that the three mounted scopes I have and the one I'll be getting tomorrow are all matte finish. My stainless Savage m.12 has a mat black finish Millet 44mm with matte black rings despite the fact that the barrel and receiver are silvery stainless because that is what the dealer who sold it to me had in stock. Naturally, it ought to be silver rings and scope. My CZ 542 has a 40mm Burris scope. Burris only makes black scopes in mat and, again, the dealer only had that and matte CZ rings in stock. Gloss would have looked better. My Marlin 1894c has a Burris 2-7x35mm in matte black. I ordered it on line and did not really think about the color. Burris is a good name, less expensive than Leupold, and they only come in mat black. I would prefer gloss, but I suspect many here feel it is an abomination to put any scope on a lever-gun. Finally, I bought a 1.5-5x20mm Leupold for my AR15 carbine. That was available in gloss, but somehow such a shiney scope did not seem appropriate for AR15. Besides, the mounting rings and base are glare-free matte.