Re: Entry level scope
My "serious" hunting scope is a Burris Signature 4-16x44 that sits on my CZ 550, which is a serious hunting rifle made for hard use. It has a MAP of $520, and that is about what you have to pay for a really decent hunting scope you can really depend on under hard and frequent use. If you add target turrets with extremely dependable tracking, then of course the price goes up. If you add a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty, then the price goes up some more.
But for $200-$300 there are a lot of nice scopes that are fairly dependable with fairly good tracking. They just aren't what you use for life threatening and very hard use applications. With a ballistic reticle, you do not have to change anything unless your ammo load changes, your altitude changes by 1000+ feet, or your temperature changes by 20+ degrees under typical hunting conditions. A cheaper scope that you "recoil-in" with a shot or two after changes are made is acceptable for most people. From then on, your ballistic reticle does all the range and windage changes for you. Besides, under actual hunting situations you usually don't have time for knob twiddling. A perfect tracking tactical scope that depends on knob twiddling to place the bullet on target is a techno nerd scope that will probably cost you lost opportunities under fast changing hunting conditions.