Originally Posted by LouBoyd
A bad scope may also:
be too heavy for your shooting style.
be too valuable to allow being comfortable using it the field.
be too expensive for your shooting budget. Put your money where it does the most good.
break if you drop it. Unfortunately any scope can break if dropped on a hard object, like a rock.
What's "best" is a frequent question here but a better question might be which scope selection is most likely to result in the most successful hunts. In my opinion two $300 scopes are likely to give better results than one $3000 scope.
I think if you got the cash and that hunt really matters (mine always do), spend it. I personally have about a grand limit currently but can not think of a $300 variable power (there are fixed power exceptions) long range optic that I would buy now days. Standard holdover or bdc reticule .......sure but not something I am dialing in with.
If you gave me a scope worth 300 I would sell it to buy something better but if you gave me one worth 3k I would use it till the wheels fell off.