Kinda spur of the moment I stopped in to Sports Authority and found this scope for $150 in silver. I like the scope, but could I do better at this price range?
For $189 you can buy a Clearidge Ultra RM
3-9X 32mm AO scope. A review
comparing Clearidge to Leupold EFR is here. The nice things about the Clearidge is the resettable target style knobs and a zoom ring you can turn. All Leupold zoom rings that I have handled can be classified as being stiff to almost impossible. Obviously you don't want the zoom ring to turn by accident, but Leupold takes this to the extreme IMO. BTW, Leupold is not the only stiff zoom ring collar out their.
Clearidge is made by Light Optical Works (LOW) for Clearidge. The Nikons are made in the Philippines, either Asia Optical owned ScoPro or Philippine Kenko plants. The LOW scopes are considered the top Asian riflescope makers, although Asia Optical Japan (maker of Sightron) would surely disagree. LOW is to Asia, as Leupold is to North America, as Zeiss is to Europe, the guys to beat, and the gold standard for each geographic area.
The Philippine scopes are good solid scopes, examples being the Bushnell Legends and Nikon Buckmasters, and higher end Philippine Simmons (older WTC and Aetec scopes).