Good scopes are not cheap. PERIOD. On the other hand junk sells. We all try to get the most bang for our buck but sometimes we get banged ourselves just by the fact that we want something now and don't want to wait till we have the money for something better. Now that said
There are some really good low end scopes for low dollars out there. Decent glass that is. The thing to stay away from is gimmicks. If you see a really low dollar scope with all the bells and whistles beckoning to you RUN, don't look back, don't reach for your wallet, take their name down in case they attack again so you can recognize them.
In the last 40 years of buying scopes I have owned just about all of them at one time or another so believe me on this advise.
If your going to spend anything under $200 right now figure that your going to get a scope that you take the gun out and sight it in and you do not touch it again unless it either screws up and you have to re sight it or you change your load. If it has decent glass it will last a long time that way. I had a 6X18X44 Simmons I used for 15 years and it never failed me once. I gave it to my step son and he put it on a .22-250 last year and loves it. Why?? because once set it stayed there and never needed re sighting as long as you didn't change loads. Shot coyotes out to 500 yds a number of times with it and it always did the trick as long as my estimates for hold over were on. Its the cheap easy way of doing things. Put your drops on the stock and hope their right and use hold over. IF it breaks throw it away.
From $200 to $400 your going to still get about the same thing except that your now going to have really good glass and a bit better internals. Buy something with Mil Dots in both of these scope classes so your not adjusting them much. You can estimate hold over better and you won't be messing with the adjustments.
$400 to $1000 your going to get really a lot better glass and coatings and internals which is what separates the good from the low end. You will want fully coated lenses and different coatings give different contrast. You internals will return to zero most of the time if your a cranker
and your glass is very clear and things SHOULD work as their supposed to work. Remember your not at the top yet and the word is SHOULD and most company's in this bracket stand behind their products and fix them if they don't work right.
$1000 on up and the sky is the limit for what you want and are willing to pay for. You will find that the company's making these scopes are willing to work with you as these are top end scopes and although NOT their bread and butter its what their reputations are made on and what sells a lot of the lower range scopes. Reputation.
In this bracket you can get the absolute best glass, best internals, strongest tubes, best warranty, and best cooperation from the manufacturers on bells and whistles and repairs and basically the sky is the limit in this bracket. Its all in "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR"