Looking for advice on a decent scope for hunters on a budget. I was under the impression that the #X-##X is the magnification (#/##) and the last numbers are the diameter of the lens (mm), which help with increased vision in low light. I'm looking to hunt big game, wolves to grizzlies, so I would THINK that they would be at a greater distance than moose and deer so I would need a higher powered magnification. And since daylight varies so much up here, I think I would need a large mm diameter.
1) Am I correct on my "facts"?
2) What are some decent scopes out there for under an arm and a leg? (I just moved here from the lower 48 and enlisted in the Military as a single income family of 4, plus a dog)