Re: Nightforce or Leupold
I can recommend IOR Valdada scopes. They have optical qualities as highly or better regarded than Nightforce. I own 2. Both relatively low powered: a 10x side parallax tactical, and a 4-14 50mm illuminated MP-8 reticle. The image quality is very high, and the repeatability of turret movements is even better.
I also own Leupold high-end glass. I think limiting your choice to the VX-L line does you a disservice. The side-focus 30mm tube 8-25xLRT is a great performer, but the 6.5-20LRT 50mm might be the best all-around scope you can buy; for the money, at well under $1000.
I have several older Mk4 scopes. They may not have the latest optical coating, but they are a specialist's tool and not designed to read the phone book at 200 yds. Arguably, that is why you own a spotting scope. If you are buying tools that try to "do it all", you wind up with gear that cannot excel in the area it really matters.
There are lots of great scopes out there, really great ones in your price range. Shop around, you can likely find a Zeiss Victory or a used Schmidt & Bender.
Do you test your optics, or use them? What kind of mounting system will you be employing? Without the best mounting system all the extra money you spend on a hot scope goes down the drain if your zero has shifted; and w/o a "good" mount system, it will.