So I'm hoping for a little scope decision help for my AR-15 (Stag 3), as I don't have much experience with scopes. I mainly use my AR for target shooting. I have a set of iron sights, but I can't hit the broad side of a barn past 50 yards. I'd like to have the ability to shoot between 50 and 300 yards with a scope. So that's the intended use. Also, I want it to be somewhat compact. I don't want a 12 inch scope on my AR. Under 10 is ok. I'm also not looking to break the bank either. I know most would say that I need to spend $500+ on a great scope...but that's not happening. I want to keep it under $250, max. And I think I could get a good, reliable scope for that price. Here's one that I found that looks like a great fit for my intended use: 3-9x42 IR Contour Scope by Barska - Rifle Scopes by AR 15 Scopes So a few questions on this one...Is a 3-9x magnification enough for my intended use? Will it still be ok out to 300 yards? If not, what type of magnification should I be looking at? How about this manufacturer, Barska? Any info on these guys? I realize they're not a Bushnell or Leupold, but I want to make sure I'm not buying cheap crap either. Any other hints or suggestions would be appreciated based on my criteria and intended use. What should I be looking for? If you know of specific scopes within that criteria too, awesome. Send em on over! Thanks for your help!