There is always a difference between cheap and inexpensive.
I break cheap.
I break inexpensive less.
What’s the difference?
The Weaver K2.5 I used on my FAL, a .45-70 and a litle .308 carbine cost under $50, but held up to more than scopes costing hundreds more.
Picked up a Simmons 1.5-5 a while back, it went away, parallax set for 75y. Just couldn’t get decent groups with it.
Why am I running a $700 scope on my .22? Because I can.
Because a $60 scope wouldn’t give the groups I needed to win.
Its a bargain when I consider what it’s done and what its held up to.
Like good boots, optics is one placw one shouldn’t economize.