the few times I was "out west" The locals like just about everything from 6x fixed power up to what ever and the 3-9x40 seemed just as popular with the locals as it is here in PA. when watching the "flat landers" gear I noticed that most are into the 4.5-14 variable Leupold. I am a huge fan of Leupold but lately I also am very pleased with sightron SII and above models, check them out.
It may be a poor choice of words but I am smart enough to understand what you meant.
I have to agree with Ken and Rflmn. A 3x9 is plenty sufficient. Most of my rifles for PA and beyond sport Leuppy 2x7s. World renouned whitetail expert from Texas John Wooters has been touted as saying that whitetails can be hunted and killed anywhere with just a plain ol 4 power scope. He said the big objective and high power scopes are all overkill and only have a place in Varmint or bench shooting. I also own plenty of 4x Leuppys on several of my rifles. It's more than enough. If you think you need high power for point restrictions or far distances you should purchase a pair of good binos for that application.
With my eyes getting older, the 4.5-14 Zeiss I used this year on a long Montana mule deer shot (550 yards) was better than any 9 power. It isn't where you're hunting that makes the difference, it's how far the shot may be, and the effective range of the gun it's on. Consider that and if you're out over 400 yards or so, I'd consider getting the new scope. Besides, it sounds as if you're looking for a reason to put the 3-9 on something else anyway - what more reason do you need?