I use the new Lieca 1200. It is very small, lightweight and ranges out to the 1200 yards it advertises on good targets. It is the only one I have ever got a long reading with on the tundra caribou hunting.
I have borrowed my freinds Lieca and it has worked flawlessly for me, I think he paid 700 for it though and being a college student I have other things to pay for like food and rent, I might just look into a used bushnell elite
The leica 1200 is definitely better than the bushnell elite in all area except for snow storm.
Yet, I was in this same situation a year ago and ended up with bushnell elite 1500. Can't complain cause I still don't have extra $200 but I'm happy cause it still good enough to hit moa targets beyond 1000 yards.
But this thing sucks on flat land(up to 700), have to find large object (to go up to 1200+) near my target and go from there. Leica shines on flat land.