Originally Posted by SidecarFlip
My recommendation is go to a local gun shop and peer through various optics and then decide.......
Willem stated this isn't a good option where he lives.
Originally Posted by Willem Gertenbach
Bottom line is that we are a bit limited with what is on offer in SA and therefore I need some input from people who have used the different scopes on the market. It is not that easy to go to a dealer and ask for the model you are interested in to have a look at.
Appreciate all honest feedback.
There's a lot of information on scopes that has been discussed on the Forum in the past. If you use the Search function from the menu tab located just beneath the 'Welcome, Willem Gertenbach.
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I've owned and still own one IOR variable power scope. On higher recoiling rifles with muzzle brakes, they used to come apart internally. They may last on your 7mm-08 just fine though. I've never owned an SWFA scope, but they have a reputation for being a quality scope for the money.
I currently own three Sightron III scopes, 6-24x50mm MOA, and those scopes are continuously getting good reviews from owners as being a great scope for under $1000, which is your stated budget.