The Commander wrote:Well I called Millett which turned out to be Bushnell (which I knew already) to ask where their scopes are made. Sure enough, they are made in China. Just for that my budget has now gone up to $500, MOA or Mil-dot. For all they have, gun shows usually do not have good scopes. You can get UTG and Leapers shit all day long at a show though.
I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you want way to much for way to little. For one thing most optics(read that as probably all) in your pricerange will not be US made, even though they're US branded. The other is that to get a decent, usable optic in the 4-16 range with all the 'bells and whistles' you'll have to bump up the price to approx double.
So to the constructive part; If you can bump up the $, and look beyond the fact that they're not US manufactured, I believe that you get a lot of bang for the buck with the Vortex scopes. I've got a Vortex Viper PST FFP 4-16 in mrad that I'm happy with(although it's not a S&B or Zeiss by far). It'll hold up to some abuse, and with a lifetime guarantee I think it's a good budget optic.