I have one of the same era Weaver Micro-Trac widefield variable scopes on my 223. On top of that, I used to work in a sporting goods store back when those were sold new, so I had a bit of experience with them. They are fair scopes, not great, not bad, just OK. You would be better served by a Leupold or Nikon scope if you are going to upgrade.
Never try to educate someone who resists knowledge at all costs.
But what do I know?