Hello, I'm new to this forum and to the AR world, so I apologize in advance for any ignorance in my questions. I'm looking for ideas on variable power scopes to put on my AR. I'm thinking in the 1-4X range. I'd like something that would work for in-close out to 300 yds or so. It would be for general purpose target shooting but nothing competitive. As far as illuminated vs non-illuminated, I could use some advice if that's a "nice to have" or a "bell and whistle". Price range would be $400-500 maximum, including any necessary riser (it's a flat-top AR). I have flip-up BUIS, so I'm under the impression that I can co-witness them with the scope? I have a Leupold VXII 3-9X40 on my 270 Win bolt-action rifle that I really like but I'd like something that would work closer in than that on the AR. I've looked at the Leupold Mark 4 QC/T online, but the objective is only 14mm... seems like it might be like looking through a soda straw... and it costs $900. I've seen some previous discussions on the Horus Talon (reticle seems waaay to busy and $850) and the Millett DMS/PEPR (that big red donut reticle seems awfully big). Anyway, I'm looking for some useful suggestions. Thanks.