Just bought my very first magnified optic for my for SPR project (Suburban Precision Rifle) consisting of a 20" Bushmaster V Match and the Vari X II in 1-4x for its affordability and performance. I found one at Dicks Sporting goods for $190.
I purchased the La Rue 1.5 SPR mount, and you guys were pretty much on the money. Marks product is tits. The thing holds zero real well -- I'm so impressed !! The 12" FF is next.
As for the overall performance of the optic/mount combination, I am really happy with the results. Even for list price, the Leupold VX II is a solid piece. Its glass is very clear and crisp. I recommend this setup for all Tango Hunters on a budget -lol.