Athlon ARES ETR. Well within your budget. First rate tracking and glass. Albeit a little heavier than you are looking for.So I'm building a 6mm Creedmoor rifle on a Savage action and Accustock, and I'm trying to find the right optic for hunting and range use. I have two budgets I'm concerned with weight and price. Right now my Creedmoor with suppressor and Burris Tactical 2 piece bases weighs about 4 oz shy of 8 lbs, and I'm trying to keep the rifle with optics at 10 lbs or less. So I'd like to keep my optic in the mid to low 20 oz range.
Now my budget for the optics is around $1500 max, but can go a little more. I'd like a 30 mm scope, FFP, 3-5X power on the bottom end, top end 15X+, zero stop or ability to add one, MIL adjustments, simple Mil Dot or Milling reticle like the Mil Quad. I'd also love a capped windage knob, but it isn't necessary. The scope that seems to check most if not all of boxes is the Vortex Razor LHT MRAD 3-15X42, but I read on here the best thing about Vortex in the warranty. I have experience with SWFA SS fixed powers and might just go the SS 3-15X42 route, but I've also been looking at the Athalon Midas Tac HD lineup but these scopes are on the heavy end of what I'm wanting. Then there is the Leupold Mark 5 HD 3.6-18X44 which would really stretch my budget thin dollar wise but is within my weight range but at the top end as well.
I've been behind a few FFP scopes and know I'm going to probably like any of them set around 5-6X on the bottom power setting. I hate to say I'm old but since I can no longer wear contacts my "transition lenses" give me fits at lower magnifications seeing the reticle. I've been pretty much a die hard SS fixed power 6X and 10X shooter, and haven't ventured into variables really at all except for regular hunting scopes where I've used Leupold, Nikon, Vortex, and many more, but I haven't been a knob turner while hunting.
So I guess I'd like to hear opinions on these scopes and any I might have over looked.