Best scope for $100?


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Macchina
January 26, 2007, 12:58 AM
I'm poor. I just got a Savage 110 in 7mm-08 with the scope combo. I reload, and do 80% of my shooting at the range (20% of carring my gun around in the woods looking for things to shoot). It has the 3-9x40 Simmons scope on it. This scope appears to be clear, but I do not know how it will handle recoil. I'm on a very tight budget, and want to replace the scope with one under $100. I'm looking for a tough scope with +/- 10x magnification and at least a 40mm objective (prefer 50). It doesn't have to be able to see in the dark, or be coated with deuterium, it just has to work good. Thank you. Michaelmco.

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ArmedBear
January 26, 2007, 01:19 AM
Shoot this one first. I'm guessing you'll like it.

I have one Simmons, on a rimfire semiauto, and it's been a good scope, especially for the money. (.22 semis can beat scopes to bits, which happened to my BSA in no time flat).

You probably won't find anything nicer for $100.

7mm-08 isn't a hard-recoiling round, anyway. Any decent centerfire scope should handle it fine.

For $200 or a tad more, I like the Burris Fullfield II. You can get a Leupold for that, also, or a Bushnell Elite. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

But Simmons makes a really good scope for the money, IMO. I'd keep it.

steelhead
January 26, 2007, 01:29 AM
I've been playing around with a Pentax 6x42 Gameseeker on my Savage 12 in 358 Winchester. It has handled the recoil with no problems and is an excellent value for only $99. The fixed 6X is perfect for your 7mm-08 and will hold up better than an similar priced variable. Plus, it will be a lot brighter as well.

I agree with ArmedBear, however, and you should wait and see if you have a problem with the Simmons before changing it. You won't do much better in a variable mag scope for $100. Go fixed power and you can do a lot better for $100.

ArmedBear
January 26, 2007, 01:46 AM
I have a hard time even FINDING fixed-power scopes. They offer another advantage, too, in addition to price, durability and performance: weight. For a 7mm-08 woods rifle, it's really nice to have a lighter scope.

I'll have to look through a Pentax, if I can find one.:)

Jackal
January 26, 2007, 02:32 AM
Your best bet is a Nikon Prostaff. I have gotten several on Ebay for $90-$110 shipped. One was a 2-7 and the other a 3-9. The fixed 4x can be had very cheap.

R.W.Dale
January 26, 2007, 09:49 AM
For just a fuzz over $100 the Sightron S1 3x9x40 is an excellent choice. I have one on my 300 WBY it's handled the recoil no problem and it's way clearer than the 3x12x40 Leupold rifleman that was on the rifle.

dracphelan
January 26, 2007, 09:53 AM
As others have said, give the scope that came with your Savage a chance. The 30.06 Savage I had used the same cope and had no problems.

Jackal
January 26, 2007, 12:04 PM
Simmons scopes are cheap and obviously, not the clearest optics. That said, I have had a $25 Simmons 8-Point 3-9 mounted on my Marlin 25MN .22mag for over 2 years now. It has never shifted zero or done anything untrustworthy. Simmons does pretty well for thier budget price point.

hqmhqm
January 26, 2007, 12:07 PM
I have gotten a couple of Tasco 3-9x40 scopes which I have used on rimfire and AR15's and I really like them. Well under $100. Clear and bright, and no distortion or noticable color dispersion.

carnaby
January 26, 2007, 12:16 PM
I have that exact package. The Simmons will do, but I put mine on my .22 and got a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 for $125. The optics are much more clear, and it should hold zero better at the different magnifications.

boerseun
January 26, 2007, 01:01 PM
The Nikon fixed power scopes are a great value. Had one way back in the day on a .303 Enfield and I could take with fuzz off a ticks' backside at 100 yards, while the tick was sitting on my dog - without the dog even knowing it....well, you get the idea. And I don't even like shooting with scopes!

swingset
January 26, 2007, 02:33 PM
If you're crafty and check ebay and the auction sites, you can nab a high quality used scope under $100 that's vastly better than the Chinese stuff.

I got a 3-9x40 Leupold for $85 that's a few years old, but retailed for over $300 when new, and it's in great shape. The only problem was scope ring scratches....big whoop.

longhorngunman
January 27, 2007, 12:20 AM
2nd, the Sightron SI 3-9-40 scope. Excellent scope for a tad over $100 and a mil-dot reticle to boot! I have it on a K31 and like it even better than a Burris Fullfield II I had on another K31 that was a $200 scope. Might also check into the Tasco World Class scopes. Tasco doesn''t have the best rep but these seem to have very favorable reviews and are around $70. I got one in a closet that I bought because it was dirt, dirt cheap, haven't mounted it to anything though. The glass looks pretty good for a sub $100 scope.

Oldnamvet
January 27, 2007, 12:33 AM
Check out Swift scopes. For the money (around $100), they are the best I've used. Having a scope go sour on you while hunting can cost a lot more than it would to replace it with a good scope prior to going hunting. Get as good a one as you can.
http://www.dowdlesports.com/catalog/guns/swift_optics_standard_riflescopes.htm

duke40
January 27, 2007, 12:39 AM
Nikon fixed power. Check MidwayUSA.com

JAMES77257
January 27, 2007, 12:47 AM
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rangerruck
January 27, 2007, 01:03 AM
check out meades' line of new stuff, they took over simmons , redfield, I think , plus a few others. they use a true one piece tube design, with true flex zeroing knobs. very nice. Also I have had very good work with the Tasco varmint.
Also nikon is quite good, so is Mueller.

Dienekes
January 27, 2007, 03:37 AM
Hell, prospect around and pick up a nice used old Weaver K4 for under $100. Fixed power, steel tube, good field of view, 1/4 minute adjustments, and well made. Those have probably killed more game than any other scope made.

Just tell everyone that it's a $1200 Nikon or Leupold to satisfy their curiosity and spend the difference on practice ammunition.

Essex County
January 27, 2007, 02:45 PM
For fixed power scopes I like the Nikon Monarch 4X or the weaver Grand Slam 4.75X. That said I cant afford to put them on everything so I've bought a number of Weaver K4 Clasics for around 120 bucks that are a great scope for the money. I feel they are far superior the the older El Paso Weavers.....Essex

langenc
January 27, 2007, 03:50 PM
Check out SWIFT-I dont know about fixed power.

We shooters are our own worst enemy fixed vs variables.

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