Hi, I am looking into buying a scope and I would like some information and recommendations on scopes, here are my requirements: 1. see a 1" circle @ 100 yards at 'reasonable size' to be able to aim inside (and if possible same requirement @ 200 yards..but I know that's extra money). 2. Good quality/optics. 3. Holds zero. 4. Works well with recoil on 22 LR & 223 rem rifles. 5. Price range (hopefully in the $250 mark - may be able to push it slightly). 6. A totally cosmetic requirement - I hate the looks of scopes that are overly long .. I know it's physics, but I need to draw the line somewhere. I am not sure if I should even go with variable or fixed magnification, I intend to use it to shoot at distances 25 yards to 100 (and as I said above if the 200 comes as an added bonus that would be nice). I am a total newbie to scopes, and I found some Leupolds and Nikons with magnifications up to 12x that seem to fit these requirements (am not sure if 12x is sufficient for requirement 1 above though). Can you guys give me advice or recommendations?