I believe I saw in Lone Star Outdoors where Academy has in-store rebates on all Nikon optics. It might be worth a trip to your local store to compare the models side by side.
FWIW, I can tell you that even entry-level scopes are as good today as top drawer optics were several decades back, when I was buying expensive Leupold, Burris, B&L, and German glass. These are the good old days when it comes to optical performance, thanks to Pacific Rim manufacturing. Same as computers, cell phones, and electronics....
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple.....and wrong." H. L. Mencken