I sorta agree with your statement about "overscoping". I look at my 6-18X VX-II on my VQ Fusion and think, "That is a lot of magnification for this round". When I was shopping for a Leupold scope, I had a list of features that I wanted, and it seemed that the only the high magnification variables had all of the things on my list. I wanted a fine Duplex reticle, target knobs, an adjustable objective, a one-inch tube, and multicoating on the external lenses.
Perhaps I should have bought a lower-magnification scope and had Leupold change the reticle. It seems that most of my shooting with this scope is down between 6X and 12X. I think I could have gotten by with the fixed 6X or 12X that Leupold offers in the M8-series. With a 42mm objective, the 6X has a 7mm exit pupil. With Multicoat 4, this scope should make an excellent low-light scope.