Reply To: Buying a scope for my springer
I have had very good experiences with leapers scopes. In your price range, those or the Hawke Vantage series will be your best bet.
By x40, x44, and x50 do you mean objective size? If so, then the assertion that scopes of those objective size are inferior is sinfully false. Many great airgun scopes such as the Bushnell Elite 4200 8-32×44 have objective lenses that size.
If you mean magnification range, then at $140 a scope with magnification that high will probably be unusable past about 20x.