Re: Need some suggestions here...
Very difficult question because there are 300+ answers. With you wanting a 2.5 and some over 10 also I would think of a bushy 6500 or other that has a 5 or 6 time mag on it. Your basically wanting a short range combo I would go to 14 stores with optics and see which fit my eye. Seriously there are so many that singling out anything is just hard. 75% of the scopes made for the market fit your criteria or get real close. Minox,weaver,vortex,docter,leup,sightron, all make good stuff that will fit you. You can get some real nice glass for $650 at low mags and no trick reticles side focus etc. Whatever you buy go somewhere you can look thru them AT 500 yds and in the DARK. If the store wont let you I guess they dont wanna sell one. I had a store in ATL tell me it was against company policy to take anything out to look at. I was looking at 15x56 swarov and similar binos. Took me 30 minutes hanging out at the counter reading newspapers across the mall and a sales guy went outside with me...for that kinda $$$ he shoulda carried my big butt outside. Even tho I live in BFE(by fat eddies) I make it a point to look thru glass before I buy it. Make a 2 day trip of it if you have to.
Remember the advice you are giving that you got off of the internet and don't REALLY KNOW works might cause a miss or a wounded animal or a dead hunter. Please for the sports sake be 100% sure when you post something.
Per the NRA "long range STARTS at 600".
If your gun kicks get a brake....and some muffs. Unless your a masochist then its ok. Except you won't shoot as well.