Originally Posted by su37
If you like a heavy scope that lacks eye box and a spacious eye relief, and is made in China then Vortex is your scope.
Yep just like leupolds. I wouldnt cry too much about any sub $400 scope and where its made. 95% are ROC products. Vortex makes their low line stuff in ROC just like every one else.
To the OP I wouldnt worry too much about saving the US optics industry you are about 25 yrs too late.
If you didnt have a low budget there are some options but $800 doesnt get you there. Any glass you buy thats got a lot of bang for the buck is gonna be from an emerging producer and not Hank in toledo ohio or Hans in schott germany.