Following the recommendations of many members of this site I took a close look at the optics list on the website of MacLeod's of Tain.
I couldn't afford to buy a brand new scope but knew that I wanted to buy a quality item that will last me. I followed the old adage of spending at least twice as much on the scope as on the rifle.
Gregor was really helpful (& patient) on the phone yesterday afternoon and helped me decide between a 8x50 illuminated Kahles and a 4-12x50 AV Habicht non-illum Swarovski with Ballistic Turret.
The Swarovski won and I received it today....now that is what I call a fantastic service
The scope is classed as used category 1 but as Gregor explained it's either been a demo scope or it's brand new but bought from a dealer no longer stocking Swarovski. I've inspected it closely and it is in effect brand new but at a significantly cheaper price. I can't wait to get it mounted on my newly acquired Parker Hale 7x57 and get it zeroed.
By the way if I had the money I'd buy that Khales scope as well!
JAYB - don't worry I told Gregor that I was calling as a result of a recommendation from the SD & yourself. More brownie points for you!