My Weaver fixed K series 6x38 is as bright as my Leupold and my Monarch. I wish I had a 4x version. For about $160, they are hard to beat. If you have to have a variable, the Burris FFs are good for the money.
Also, a great scope for a compact rifle is the Nikon Omega 1.5x5 with the standard plex (non BDC). The 5" eye relief is great and the scope is compact and clear. They run about $220.