This is a long post, but please read and see if y'all can help me out.
I don't know a whole hella lot about scopes. I mentioned the last one I handled was about ten years ago, until last weekend. Well I guess maybe I just like my new carbine and it's Leupold so much that I completely forgot about the scopes for the rimfires I got about a month ago.
So what I've got right now at home is a Leupold Vari-X III 3.5-10 on my new used CZ carbine.
A Simmons 8 point 4X cheapo on my son's Marlin 60.
A vintage Weaver Classic 400 USA on my own Marlin 60. Found that one in a junk store for $10!
I zeroed the Simmons on my Marlin but decided mostly for aesthetic reasons to move it to my son's rifle and mount the Weaver on mine. The only non aesthetic reason is that the Weaver seems to have a slightly shorter and less forgiving eye relief. Clarity seems equal to me, but the Weaver also matches my rifle better while the Simmons matches his better and I think it'll be easier for him to use. Neither have been zeroed since then, I'll be doing that soon, hopefully this week.
That's the absolute full extent of my experiences owning scopes. I can shoot, I'm a Marine Rifleman vet. I managed 1" groups at 100 yards with my CZ on our first trip to the range together. The adjustments are self explanatory, so zeroing is not an issue.
All other prior experience with a scope has been some buddy or another with a scoped rifle saying, "Here, try this out."
Last time that happened was 2004 in Afghanistan, when my squad's DM and I traded hardware on the range. He got giggles out of shooting a belt fed full auto, my M249 SAW, and I had fun TRYING to produce ragged holes with his SAM-R. Got real close, but no cigar.
So, now you all know my full history with scopes so you can understand better where I'm coming from with some of these stupid questions. The reason I'm going to scopes is the same reason lots of other folks do, I'm having trouble with irons. I just don't know much about what to look for in a scope.
I kind of have my heart set on that Leupold model I mentioned, maybe because I like my current one so much. But I'm also on a budget, which is why I'm looking at used scopes. I've bid on 4 so far, and have been outbid each time at the last moment.
So two questions.
The first is, what are some other scope brands and models that are equal to or better than the Leupold M8 2X that can be found new or used for less than $200?
The second question is, how big of a problem is this?
These are a couple of very small little dents, I suspect caused by over tightening scope rings.
It seems to be getting very slow and low bids and I'm wondering if those dents are the reason. So, is this acceptable damage on a used scope?
Should I place a bid if I don't find a better option in the next 24 hours (that's about how much time is left) and if so, how much?
The current bid is $119, and it's only had 4 bids since it was posted about 6 days ago.
Any help is much appreciated, thanks for putting up with my long winded posts and dumb newb questions.