Re: Scope help....
There are so many options available to you for this particular optic you are seeking. I have a lot of options for you if you are interested in discussing it. One thing that I noticed is that you have the Elite 3200, which is one of my favorite scopes of all time, and you are happy with it minus the magnification levels. I currently have some left-over Elite 4200's, one step up from the 3200's, 6-24x40, for less than $400. I also have some of the new model Elites in the 4-16, 6-24, and even the 8-32 power scopes as well listed on the website. Some of the other options available to you include, as stated above, the Leupold VX-II 6-18x40mm scopes, as well as the higher end VX-3 scopes. Finally I also have the Nikon Buckmaster's in both 4.5-14 and the 6-18 power as well. I haven't gotten all of the Nikon optics listed on the website yet, but I still have them.
I personally don't have the Vortex scopes and I have heard mixed reviews on them. I haven't worked with one myself so I have no opinion on them. If you end up going that route please give us a review of your experience with it.
Ultimately you have to think of your rifle as a chain, and you are only as strong as your weakest link. Don't let your optic be the weakest link in your chain. Do some research and make an informed decision. If you want we can discuss a little more in-depth about the construction and quality of the scopes you are looking at. Please feel free to contact me by phone or by email. Both are listed on my website. Good luck with your decision and at the very least let us know what you decided on.