Im a strong believer in buy once cry once when it comes to optics. Anywhere you look you will prob see the NF ATACR 1-8 being the highest rated lpvo. Schmidt and bender has the short dot series, but imo its vastly overpriced. I would also look at kahles 1-6 on the high end. Razor gen 2 is always a safe bet because of their warranty. Im not a huge fan of burris, but been reading some good things on the newer xtr stuff. Gluck with the scope hunt!
The ATACR is a much different animal. They seem to get great reviews for sure, especially on some of the “sniper” sites. Seems definitely like a great scope, but it’s meant for more precision and longer ranges (>600 m) whereas the NX8 is more of a red dot replacement and lighter, which is what I’m looking for. That and the more compact NX8 is also what I had in mind. I came close to buying a NF 5-something for my Rem 700.
The Kahles is another that I looked at closely as well. Still considering.
I also looked at the S&B and yeah, they are super pricey. Don’t see the model that I had been looking at, so not sure if they are still making them.
I am very much for paying more for quality, but also very much purpose driven in selection.