Re: best scope for around $550
You may want to add Sightron to your list, they have a real good following over at accurateshooter.com and i haven't heard one bad word about them yet.
I have 3 buckmasters and a monarch and i'll never buy any more nikons. None of them will shoot the box accurately, and i have to re-zero my rifle afterwards.
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