Originally Posted by jeffersonv
The suggestion of Leupold sure surprised me! At lease in the bang-for-buck category.
Best BFB I've seen for hunting is the Nitrex. I don't think you can get them on sale anymore but you might check Natchez to make sure. I see them pop up in forums for sale here and there. Flat out awesome scope for the price. Trust me.
I'd probably go Vortex after that.
Buying a scope made by a manufacturer no longer in business has always struck me as being a great way to throw money into a fire.
You may get lucky and have a great one that never fails, but odds are sooner or later it will and you are stuck with a pile of garbage and no way to get it fixed.
With scopes like Zeiss and Leupold yes, you do pay more on the front end, but you are also buying a lot of peace of mind because you know that 2-5-10 or 20 years from now they will still be there supporting their product.
When you buy a "cheap scope" you generally get what you paid for.
For the OP's requirements one more I'd suggest is the SWFA Super Sniper Scopes.
They seem to be the exception to the cheap rule, and as long as you buy through an authorized dealer like SWFA you can get the warranty work done if/when needed. They do not however offer the No BS lifetime transferrable warranty that you can get with the Leupold and Zeiss products.