Dave I can't help you out on the difference between the two, but I was just looking at them at Cabela's a month ago. I have a Nikon Archers Choice and the one difference I saw is both the 3000 and 5000 are 4X and the Archers Choice is 6X. All three have Incline/Decline technology. Can't go wrong with ether the 3000 or 5000, but don't rule out an Archers Choice especially if you can find a deal on one. Read this review I attached and it talks about the differences and also the Archers Choice is discontinued.