I'm going to be shopping for my first rifle scope for anything larger than a .22 in the coming months, getting set up for deer season. I know next to nothing about the various optics companies, and was hoping for input. I've picked up that Leupold is very well-respected, but many of their lines are well out of my budget. Are there any producers that I should avoid like plague? How about "good for the money"? Or are scopes strictly a "get what you pay for" proposition? What I'm looking for is essentially a decent variable scope (3-9x) for a semi sporterized Mauser rifle. Will be used for some target shooting, deer season, and maybe blasting a few 'chucks in the offseason.