I need to purchase 2 new hunting scopes, both for 30-06's (one is a Remington 700 XCR II and the other is a Remington Gamemaster Pump-Action). I am looking for a pretty inexpensive scope ($100-$200) for the pump action rifle, probably in a 2-7 magnification range and a little bit nicer scope for the 700 XCR II ($200-$400), preferably in the 2.5-10 magnification but also in the standard 3-9x. Right now I am having a tough time deciding.
I am looking at the following:
For the Pump Action 30-06 ($100-$200)
Burris Fullfield 2 (2-7x35 - $120)
Bushnell Elite 3200 (2-7x32 - $160)
Vortex Diamondback (2-7x35 - $180)
Vortex Viper (2-7x32 - $170 Being Discontinued) I'm leaning toward this one.
Sightron S1 (2.5-10x44 - $180)
Leupold VX-1 (2-7x33 - $180)
For the 700 XCR II 30-06 ($200-$400)
Bushnell Elite 4200 (2.5-10x40 - $320)
Vortex Viper HS (2.5-10x44 - $350)
Sightron S2 (3-9x42 - $260)
Nikon Monarch 2.5-10x50 - $380)
Leupold VX-2 (3-9x40 - $330)
I know these lines of scopes aren't exacly comperable, but the prices are, and I want to get the best for my dollar. I really like the rainguard on the Bushnell Elites and have really liked the 4200 series. Leupold has a great name but I am not sure the money gets you into as high a quality scope anymore. I am not sure about Vortex and Sightron, but have only heard really good things about them. I would appreciate any guidance. Which scope is the most worth the money??? I may be opening a big can of worms, but if all these scopes are comparable (coin flip) I will save money on the more inexpensive scope.
Also if the Sightron S1 is good enough I may put that on my 700 XCR.
I would appreciate your thoughts.