Scope for my M700


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RyderM700
May 18, 2006, 05:39 PM
Hi, I just purchased my first Model 700 VLS (308). I am looking to buy a scope for it, but not sure what to look for. I am looking to spend around $200-300, im not even sure if that is a reasonable amount for a good scope. Please guide me in the right direction. Thanks in advance.

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Lonestar.45
May 18, 2006, 09:04 PM
You will get a lot of responses on this I'd think. You can definitely get a good scope for that price. Most will say Leupold, and they are good scopes. Nikons are nice too. But for the money, I think Burris is the way to go.

I recently put a Burris Fullfield II 3x9x40 on my new Remington 700 ADL in .270 and I can't say enough about it. Nice and clear, good eye relief, and seems to be a very quality piece.

$229 at Cabelas and came with some nice binoculars as a package deal.

I then picked up some Talley one piece mounts/rings for $39. http://www.talleyrings.com/al.htm

I could not be happier in the setup. Good luck.

hoghunting
May 19, 2006, 12:37 AM
I agree with the Burris Fullfield ll with the Ballistic Plex reticle. www.midwayusa.com has them for about $199 or you can find them for about $160 on ebay, new in box. Great scope.

RyderM700
May 19, 2006, 03:16 AM
Lonestar what model number rings did you order?

30-06 lover
May 19, 2006, 03:35 AM
I would buy a Nikon Buckmaster 3-9x40 scope. For the price Nikon is very hard to beat.
-Mike

270Win
May 19, 2006, 03:55 AM
You might also consider Weaver scopes... the only VLS .308 I've come across at the range had one of those, it was very nice - bright and clear.

redneck2
May 19, 2006, 05:37 AM
If possible, go to a store that has a selection of decent scopes in your price range. Look thru them at the darkest corner of the farthest way part of the ceiling you can see. Don't get excited about magnification (for comparision). Concentrate on clarity and light transmission.

I was at a gun shop looking thru a Nikon and Leupold. We were reading the print on a sign about a 1/4 mile away. Thought the Nikon was great as you could see the sign easily. Looked thru the Leupold and you could read the print. With the Nikon it was fuzzy and impossible to read. The Leupold was obvious better in this situation, but it is a VXIII and considerably more money. The Nikon was a lower end or mid range model IIRC

Point is, the better (read more expensive) scopes work somewhat better. I suspect the more expensive Nikon is better than a cheaper Leupold. I have several Burris scopes and they're excellent.

Falconeer
May 19, 2006, 08:45 AM
SWFA (http://www.riflescopes.com)'s Super Sniper is a nice scope ($300 without the side focus), depending on what you're looking for.

ball3006
May 19, 2006, 11:25 AM
wide view, 2-7 variable, steel tube scope on mine. :D I bought the rifle around 1980 though.........A scope is one of the items that "you usually get what you pay for".........If I bought a scope today, I probably would go with Burris. I have several of them on my pistols....chris3

Nhsport
May 19, 2006, 11:32 AM
Others are welcome to their choices and opinions but I believe you should look long and hard at leupold. They have some crazy high priced scopes way out of your price range but if you look at their whole line at one of the discount dealers I think you can get a great scope (as opposed to some of the other brand good scopes). Leupold is where it is at for QUALITY.
Folks tend to get all wrapped up with power and bells and whistles but if you sit down and really think hard about how you intend to use this scope and rifle you might surprise yourself. Clarity and brightness of a quality scope will help your shooting far better than higher power in a lower quality scope. Lower power scopes will generally be cheeper,regular adjustment instead of "target" knobs will be cheeper,fixed power will be cheeper than variable power.
I have found the leupold "rifleman" line to be a great value when I couldn't justify spending higher $'s
Shop hard ,different places I have bought from were midway (I get a C&R discount) SWFA,Midsouth,Opticplanet. When compareing prices pay attention ,some ship free,some for normal rates,and some "discount houses" give you a great price but then stick you with high S&H . I always start my search at the joint I bought from last but the best deals tend to cycle around.
Leupold has great quality and a rep for standing behind their product.

Lonestar.45
May 19, 2006, 11:41 AM
RyderM700-

I got the Talley lightweight one piece mounts, low, matte finish. I got them from SWFA now that I remember, because they were $10 cheaper than getting them direct from Talley. I called Talley and asked if they needed to be lapped or anything, and they said no, they are direct bolt on with no special installation needed.

I installed them myself and they work great!

Here's a link: http://www.swfa.com/pc-2439-876-talley-lightweight-aluminum-1-scopemount.aspx

RyderM700
May 19, 2006, 12:06 PM
you wouldn't happen to have a picture of your rifle? I would be interested in seeing how this setup looks mounted.
Thanks.

Terrierman
May 19, 2006, 12:17 PM
Do not overlook Sightron SII lineup and the formerly Bausch and Lomb, now Bushnell Elite series either. I have Leupold, Nikon, Elite 3200 and most recently Sightron. I'm pretty happy with all of them. I'll not be buying Simmons or Tasco, have had one of each break a set of crosshairs.

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