Originally Posted By Hydra-shokz:
Originally Posted By B-Pain972:...any advice?
Research is my advice. There is a lot to know.
When I first got into optics I thought spending $200 on a scope was crazy. Little did I know, soon my rings alone would cost that much!
This man said it right.
My first scope was a $100 Dunham's special on sale for $50. The scope I'm looking at now is $550, plus $75 for rings, plus $75 for base...that's $700 for optics and the rifle I'm putting it on cost me $525.
Anyways, there is a lot to learn about scopes. 3-9x40 should suffice for the ranges you're shooting.
The objective size and main tube diameter determine how much light makes it through the scope. More light means brighter image.
Then there's the type of reticle you can choose, and there's a lot of them.
You've got various coatings on the pieces of glass.
There's different types of turrets for adjusting for windage and elevation.
There's 1st or 2nd focal plane, advantages and disadvantages to both.
There's adjustable objective (AO).
Some scopes have a knob for focusing on the side rather than the eyepiece.
I'd do some research. But a $200 scope could be a good starting point for you, but you will get sucked in eventually.