lets scope a rifle
My boy just bought a mod 70 300 WSM Ultimate Shadow for a sheep rifle.
Lets put a scope rings and base on it...
he is looking at a monarch 3-12 X 42
he would like to stay under $600
Leupold FXII 6x36 fixed 6-power, with the fancy reticle having the different-range aiming hatches.
Or, if he absolutely will not sleep at night unless he has some gawdawful huge objective lens, get the FXIII 6x42 fixed 6x.
Mounts - get Talley Lightweights. No use fooling around with anything else, if you want strength and light weight. Get the Low rings, which are more like a medium from anyone else.
Either option would be well under $600.
I have monarch binoculars and love the quality.
Zeiss Conquest 2.5-8x32 $340
Lock it down with a set of Talley Lightweight rings for $40 from Midway and you are good to go for WAAAAY under your $600 limit. My recommendation is to take the $220 you saved and pick up some extra ammo to practice with.
Look on Ebay and you can usually find a Swarovski AV 3-9x36 or Zeiss Diavari 3-9X36 for around 600.
For less than that, the Nikon Monarch is in my opinion the way to go. I own Zeiss, Schmidt & Bender, Burris, and the Nikon and I feel it is second only to the S&B......Which will NEVER be topped.