http://www.chuckhawks.com/recommended_riflescopes.htm I find that the list in this article is a very accurate representation of scope quality. There are some scopes that perform "above their budget" such as the Japanese scopes with LOW glass. Leupold is a known quantity. You know exactly what you will get every time and is the standard of which all other scopes are compared when trying to save a buck. I like to write down my requirements in a scope in order of importance, and then remove the chaff to limit my choices. Once I'm down to 4 or 5 then I can look at value. For me, reticle is very important, followed by power, parallax adjustment, eye focus, then eye relief. Sticking to the four star scopes and above doesn't allow for the opportunity to get mad about the other features of the scope. You may even find a scope in the lower classification that meets all your needs and also offers the quality you desire. Eurooptic has a search feature that you can enter your parameters in to help whittle the options down.