I could use some advice. I just purchased an FN Patrol Bolt Rifle in .308 with a 24 inch barrel. I now need a nice scope. I would really like to get into long range shooting so I would like a decent variable magnification scope toping out in the mid-to-high teens. A good friend of mine is pushing hard for me to get "the best." He wants me to buy a Zeiss or a Swarovski or a Valdada. I do have a Valdada 6X42 on a Russian Tiger and that combination is fantastic. However, once you add the variable power element into it and push up the magnification you can't get those scopes for under $1,200. While I want a great scope I do not want to spend a grand. I haven't been able to get out there and look at scopes yet. What are some good ones out there? Has anyone heard of Shepard Scopes or X.O.T.I.C. (Xtreme Operations Tactical Instruments Corporation)? Are those high-end scopes that much different from cheaper models? If so what is the difference?