Since I couldn't find a suitable thread before and also there is no much extensive information on the web, can you just throw your opinions in regards of the following here:
Scopes which can be suitable for hunting as well as starter HFT/FT shooting.
Variable magnification starting from 3 - 6 up to 9 - 16.
Objective size from 42 up to 56.
Since the scopes should be suitable for FT also, lets get opinions only on scopes with side wheel adjustable parallax (not AO), 30mm tube only and 1/8" elevation and windage adjustments.
Also Illuminated reticle - is overrated or it really helps in low light?
Brands so far under consideration should be the ones relatively easy obtainable in SA:
So far I've looked at Leapers, AGS, Oryx and MTC. The Leapers and AGS seem a bit foggy with higher magnification, while the Oryx is not very precise on the focusing and getting the distance right. MTC seems to be very good but pricey as well.