You'll get many different suggestions on approaching your predicament. I'll give you mine, take it for whatever you think it's worth...
For the most part, you get what you pay for. There are (relatively speaking) very good $150-300 optics. Vortex, Lucid, and often Primary Arms get good reviews in that category. I own $150 Vortex Strikefires and honestly like them darn near as much as my $500 Eotech. And the $300-600 optics are pretty excellent too (Aimpoint and Eotech rule this range). And then you've got the $600+ category. I don't know these optics well, but I've no doubt they're really good. How good, considering their cost, will directly relate to your own skills, budget, and demands.
I do suspect that in many cases my own skill often doesn't justify spending extreme amounts, nor does my budget.
Something being roughly 10% better or more finite often only matters if you actually possess the skill to get that level of performance out of it. And in truth, I'm probably not that good. And that has as much to do with my buying decisions as does my budget. ((Analogy time)) I played soccer in college and a little beyond. You can get a decent soccer ball for $40, or a really great one for $100. I can get the extra performance out of that $100 ball and easily recognize the difference between the two, so that's what I buy. Many people I've played with could care less whether it was a $20 ball or a $150 ball. Same to them, as long as it was decent enough and true. And that's sort of where I am with regard to my own shooting talent/skill. "Good enough" allows me to reach my current potential. Hopefully I'll become good enough to warrant more someday.
Basically, just ask yourself this: What is the price difference, and how much will you actually gain by paying it? The answer will be different for everyone.
"The Future is Unwritten"
Last edited by sweeper22; 06-11-2013 at 04:25 PM.