I have a Ruger .223 that is one year old that shoots fairly well. It has a Swift 4-12x40AO scope on it right now. I got a gift certificate to our sporting goods store for $300 and I am debating whether to trade up to a Remington 700 BDL or, just keep the gun and put a better scope on it. I would be looking at a Nikon Monarhch or a Leupold Vari-x II 4-12x40AO. Any opinions are welcome.