A few years ago I bought one of these in 3-9X for my son at the BPS "Black Friday Sale." Actually, my wife got to the store very early, about the same time I was leaving to go deer hunting! I think it was only $129. It's a very clear scope that I can recommend.
You can probably save some money buying a 3-9X scope instead of a higher magnification scope. Getting a factory refurbished scope will also save considerable $$$. I've bought a number of factory refurb Nikon's from here LINK
. Looks like they're out of the models in your price range at this time, but maybe you can find some elsewhere.