Bought the 8 x 56 today & can honestly say I'm seriously impressed! It's mounted on my .270 & for a sub-£200 scope it performs really well. It feels very well-built & just has a 'solid' feel to it. I considered the 3-12 x 56 but figured it would be too much for what I needed. To be honest, the 56mm objective is probably overkill for me too, but sometimes size does matter, right?
Illuminated lR Dot reticule is pretty nice at first glance, but I've still to play around with the Hawk BR software so I have no clue about how to best utilise it for holdover, windage & ranging. I don't get the impression the central illuminated dot will cause any issues at longer ranges as I found with the No4 reticule on the Zeiss 6 x 42 I originally had on this rifle.
For the money, it's a cracking scope & I heartily recommend the Endurance range for anyone looking for a decent useable & solid scope for sensible money