I think that SAKOFAN will agree that the minimum configuration USO Variable is in excess of $1800, for price.
Given your relatively generous budget (sometimes this question is asked with $200 as the amount.) I would say you are an excellent candidate for one of the great LEUPOLD Tactical Variables.
Take a look at their site at: Leupold Tactical
Created specifically for the military’s new Special Purpose Rifle, an M-16-style sniper system, this scope delivers excellent capabilities for everything from 50 to 700 meters. M3 dials have ½ MOA windage and 1 MOA elevation adjustments. Eye relief is optimized for AR-style systems and this scope is ideally sized for these relatively compact rifles.
Actual Magnification: 3.0(3) 8.7(9)
Length (in): 11.3
Eyepiece Length (in): 3.1
Objective Length (in): 2.6
Objective Diameter (in): 1.7
Eyepiece Diameter (in): 1.7
Tube Diameter: 30mm
Weight: 16.0 oz. / 454 grams
Eye Relief (in): 3.7(3) 3.0(9)
Eye Relief (mm): 93(3) 76(9)
Obj. Lens Diameter: 1.4in / 36mm
Max. Adjustment @ 100 yds (in): 90
Max. Adjustment @ 100 m (cm): 229
FOV @ 100 yds (ft): 35.5(3) 13.6(9)
FOV @ 100 m (m): 11.7(3) 4.5(9)
Max. Mount Ring Spacing (in): 5.8
Front Ring Space (in): 1.9
Rear Ring Space (in): 2.4
[ 08-14-2004: Message edited by: DMCI ]