Bushnell engage 4-16, spend the rest of your cash on beer and ammo
My Athlon Ares BTR 2.5-15x50 FFP MOA
arrived today from Midway. Was $420 after tax. It's a heck of a lot of scope for that money.
I also have a Bushnell Engage 4-16x50, which I scored for an insane $260 around Black Friday with a rebate. It is VERY good for that money, and even at the "good deal" price of about $350. My buddy has a 2.5-10, and it's great too. Nothing fancy, but very good glass, functional reticle and turrets (they lock down nicely).
Not sure why they're blowing them out, but Midway USA also has as pretty wicked sale on a couple of Bushnell Nitro and Forge scopes. $400 Forge 3-18x50 SFP
, and $425 Forge 4.7-27x50 SFP
, $225 4-16x44 Nitro SFP
and $325 Nitro 5-20x44 FFP
. I've heard very good things about them, and have had nothing but good things to say about the 2 Bushnell's I've owned.
For your needs, I think the Athlon would be hard to beat if you like first focal plane and want illumination. If you prefer a 2nd focal plane scope, The 3-18 Forge would be pretty darn good too. My guess is the optics are better on the Forge than the Athlon, but who knows.