Re: Got a quick question.
OK, let me put in my $10 (inflation) from my days when I did rifles. Don't nobody pound on me if I get too basic here.
The 6-24X50 numbers mean 6 to 24 power zoom capability. The 50 means that the objective lens (the front lens) is 50mm in diameter. Normally, the bigger the objective lens the more light gathering the scope is capable of. This can be important if you tend to hunt in low light conditions such as dense forest or twilight hours. High zoom levels tend to attenuate the light that reaches the ocular lens (the rear lens) and your eye. Also, the higher the zoom level the narrower the field of view and possible difficulty in acquiring your target.
Scope selection should be carefully based on the type of hunting. Hunting in the woods and dense brush is best done with more consideration given to low magnification (1.5X-4X), wide field of view and good light gathering. Cross valley work requires high magnification and good spotting binoculars.
There are many other considerations in scope quality that may, in fact, drive the price past that of the gun it is mounted on. But, a scope can be switched between guns and I would hate to think that a cheap scope cost me that one shot on a hunting trip I had been planning for two years.