Here's my deal. My club only has a 100yd range, and I've gotten by with a Bausch & Lomb Discoverer to this point. I just bought a Tikka T3X in .223 (post and pics at some point). I *may* at some point be looking for a longer place to shoot, but being New England, that probably won't ever exceed 300 yds. I need something that I can see small holes on paper with my old eyes. However, I also travel to National Parks regularly, would use the scope for wildlife viewing as well, maybe digiscoping capability, but not a must have by any means.
I'm not a competitive shooter, and don't shoot a great deal, so I don't need a top of the line scope. On the other hand, I don't mind spending for quality, buy once, cry once. I'd love a Swarovski because Consig has one (probably more than one).
The center point of my research has settled around the Vortex Diamondback 20-60x60 or x80. Am I looking in the right range? Chould I get away with less? Should I be looking for better?