I'm a fan of Weaver scopes. Own three Super Slams and a 40/44. A fair number of gents I shoot with at range on a regular basis own a Weaver, but they mostly own Grand Slams or Classic V's.
Some of the Super Slams and all the Grand Slams fit your price range. These models are made for Weaver by Light Optical Works (LOW) in Japan. LOW makes higher end scopes for Sightron, Bushnell and others. Very good quality in LOW made scopes. Both the optics and adjustments in Super Slams and Grand Slams are top notch. I'm not aware of any of my shooting buddies having a problem with their Weavers.
Take that back, one bought a Weaver Classic Extreme (not LOW of Japan made) a few months ago that had an elevation adjustment problem out of the box. Scope was quickly replaced by Natchez Shooters Supply, where he'd bought it.
Anyway, these Weavers are worth a look and www.natchezss.com
might be the place to find some of the lower prices for them. Weaver has redone the line of Grand Slam scopes and Natchez has heavily discounted the old models of Grand Slams they have. Some very good buys on these model grand slams. Some close-out prices on some of the Super Slams too. Not sure its still available, but was a Weaver Rebate on some of them of $75 or $100,depending on the model. I took advantage of the rebate to get another 4-20x44 Super Slam several months ago. Received the rebate check from Weaver within 3-4wks of mailing it in.
The Grand or Super Slams are worth a look.