Have three Leupold 2x7, one of which is a rimfire, and not marked as such. Can't get them mixed up, as the parallax on the .22 is set up around 50 yards, groups really open up at 100 yds and beyond.
The problem of seeing the reticle in low light conditions is why I like an adjustable illuminated one like in the Bushnell I linked to. I've used that scope and it's great for quick target acquisition and range estimation. In low light, the reticle is very easy to see. I think one thing that should factor in is the objective diameter as that governs how much light the scope can possibly gather. A 30mm tube would be good too but they're currently pretty pricey.All my hunting rifles lever/bolt/semi-auto wear 3x10x50 Leupold var-x 111's and Meopta 3x10x50's. All have heavy duplex. ALL give great low light transmission and dialed down to 3x give a great clean WIDE F.O.V.. Much more than a smaller scope. I won't use anything smaller. Also early and late they really allow you to hunt up till the end of shooting time. If they look a little top heavy so what. I'll take performance over looks any day.