I am looking to get an inexpensive scope for my flattop AR; this would be just for occasional use in 3-Gun competition. My regular setup is an EOTech with a flip-out magnifier, which I really like. I want to shoot the occasional 3-Gun match that limits rifles to one (1) optic. At 100yds, maybe possibly even 200yds, I could go with the EOTech as my sole optic. On the other hand, some of these matches definitely have 200--300yd shots that I think require a little magnification...
So, for such occasional use I would like something inexpensive (which I am defining as < $150; under a c-note would be even better), good for shooting out to 300yds, and preferably with an illuminated reticle. Since the same optic would have to be run for closer range shots, too, I guess I want a 3-x (where x is probably 9 or 12) variable magnification. Oh, and it has to stand up to 5.56 shooting while we're at it.
I've read reviews on some of the sub-$100 stuff at OpticsPlanet, so I know some of these things exist and people use them; I am just hoping to get some more reliable opinions from people with some first-hand experience.