I am really considering an SHV First Focal Plane in the coming months. NF claims the same quality of glass as the rest of their scopes. If that is the case, few brands will deliver the same glass quality along with the same operator controls and reticle choices.
Another scope I am about to get is the Burris XTR II
One more option for you is the SS 5-20 HD, non-illuminated version. I have used mine so much that I have worn off the anodizing off the corners of the elevation turret, and focus knob. I'll never sell it, it is "ole reliable".
To get a Leupold with the same features as the scopes listed above, you'll get into the MK 6 and MK 8 line. You'll far exceed your listed budget, and the reticles are way too thick.
Vortex Viper is the line that is in budget. It is not on the same level of quality as the NF, and most likely, not on the same level as the Burris.
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