Re: Need help choosing scope!
There's a good deal on an 8.5x25 leupold on accurate shooter right now, $760.
I have no personal experience with vortex, I never see them at matches and never hear people talking them up.
Sightron is another good choice but isn't a Nightforce.
Nightforce is top quality, you'll never second guess your purchase if that's what you get. I have several and like every one, the leupold 8.5x25 is another awesome scope, clarity and reliability are second to none. I did send one back because of tracking issues, they fixed it and had it back to me in less than 2 weeks, its the only leupold I ever had to send back. Customer service is great with both companies. You have to ask yourself, what's vortex track record.
Good optics is critical to accuracy, stick with proven companies and buy the best you can afford.