This is my first scope purchase, at first I was thinking of a red dot, but after doing some reading I see that many people recommend a 1-4x or 1-6x optic. Since I will be doing some relatively up close practicing, the 1x with an illuminated dot seems pretty good. I am not planning to do much precision shooting at really long range, so I would think 4x or 6x would be enough. It seems like a lot has to do with your budget, I see ones for $300 and $3000, with lots in between. I would like to spend under $1k but can go a bit over for something that is worth it. So that is my main question, how much do I spend to get noticeably better optics? If something costs twice as much but is only a little better then I probably would stick with the lower priced one. I have read the Vortex Razor HD gen 2 is pretty good, and I like the strange color of it, but that is $1400. Is it worth it? Something else almost as good for less? Thanks.