Magnification is a matter of personal preference. Some on here will tell you that 10x is plenty for deer size game, and others will tell you 25x isn't enough. I personally like the 20x-25x range and more if I can afford it. I like to see what I'm aiming at and where the cross hairs are exactly on the body. I do varmint hunting so the high power is essential. The 14x on the Buckmaster let me see groundhogs at 1000yds, but when I put the reticule on the critter it would get buried in the reticule. I couldn't see exactly where I was aiming on the animal. The lower power you chose to go with the more important it is to have the best glass you can afford. That way at 10x its as clear as it can be. Where as if you have higher power options, then that will make up for good glass or marginal glass. The ones I have suggested I think offer some of the best glass in the affordability department.
I then went to the Buckmaster 6-18x40 w/ a target dot. That worked a lot better for distances that far on little varmints. I now use a Vortex Viper 6.5-20x44 which I absolutely love. If you have a $400 US dollar limit, I highly suggest looking into the Vortex Viper line of scopes. You may want to look into the Falcon Menace also. Check this sight out: SWFA Riflescopes
They have some pretty good deals on scopes and also offer you a very good selection of different manufacturers. I have bought a few things from them and they are good to deal with. The Weaver Grand Slam would also be a good one to consider.
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