Had rather a large mishap recently with my second hand bushnell scope and have decided to replace it with a new scope when I've got the funds. Early Christmas present to myself.
I'm looking at the Vortex range, as nobody has a bad word to say about them and the common theme seems to be "better than anything else for the same money"
The Crossfire II was my first choice, it's the cheapest range but comes in 3-9x50 which I like and has an illuminated centre dot. I've not used that type before but I've been told by a few people that once you've had it you don't want to be without it.
The Diamondback range is slightly more expensive, but doesn't come with illumination.
The Viper range is at least twice the price and still doesn't come with illumination.
I expect that all of them are better than my bushnell (which wasn't bad, but didn't wow me either).
So, does anybody have experience of any or all of the above? I'm working to a budget of as little as possible but if I can gain significantly by spending £300-odd (bottom of viper range) as opposed to £160 (Crossfire II with illuminated ret) then I could perhaps stretch.