I know now that I will need more magnification for what this rifle can do
You don't need any more magnification. Set at 9x you have plenty of scope for 800-1000 yard shooting. When you can afford to do better you need better quality glass. I'd take a quality 4X scope anyday over a cheap 4-14X50 scope.
I like the looks of the new Ruger and reports are favorable. But I already have too many, better rifles or I'd give one a serious look.