finding a good scope for my rifle, for under 500 dollars


October 21, 2007, 05:48 PM
my choices were a leupold VX II in 3x9x40 or this other scope I keep reading so many good reports is this super sniper in 10 or 20 x 42, it is going on my savage 110 , I just left from a local sporting good shop and they had a a VX II for about 300 dollars but the super sniper is the same price, I have a post about this setup but it is a hard choice it seems, the rifle is going to be used for the range maybe at 3-400 yards and for hunting elk, or blacktail. but I would have never thought it would be this hard of a choice someone give me some info,opinions something

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October 21, 2007, 05:59 PM
I have 2 Sightron 3-9X40mm scopes. For $129.00 at they are well worth the price. The one I have is a Mildot reticle too. Very clear and hold settings very well. Check out the reviews from others on Midway.

October 21, 2007, 06:00 PM
BTW. Super Sniper is made by Tasco. Don't know what your opinion of them is, but I just thought you should know.

October 21, 2007, 06:15 PM
tasco's scope was sold to SWFA but I have read a lot of good about them, and I am not ready to drop upwards of 1000 dollars for a scope for a range/hunting rifle, but choosing a scope that is of good quality and suits both needs seem damn near impossible without spending a fortune. I know there has to be one scope that can do both without breaking the bank?

October 21, 2007, 07:04 PM
I just received my ss 16x, and I have only handled it so far, not even mounted it (no rings yet). I am very impressed so far, I like it a lot. Very good build quality. I will probably get the 20x too. SS is no longer made by Tasco, whoever said that.

October 21, 2007, 07:19 PM
will it be if there is a such thing to powerful for a elk at 80 but more than enough magnification for a man sized silhouette at 500 yards , just curious:confused:

October 21, 2007, 07:29 PM
Im not trying to shoot at a 1000 yards or anything, but I wont to get a good scope the first time , the next time a get a scope other than this on which ever it is, It will be on a new rifle in 300 win mag and maybe a h-s precision stock or something

October 21, 2007, 07:50 PM
Have a look at the Weaver Grand Slam 6.5-20 at, they have the silver model on sale for $277. I picked one up a couple of weeks ago for my 12 FV in .243 and have been very impressed with it.

October 21, 2007, 07:58 PM
I have the very same scope that birdbustr spoke of, only I bought it from Natchez for only $110. :) The Super Sniper scopes you spoke of are fixed power scopes, and would not be suitable for hunting. However, once you get above about $350, decent variable power scopes are available. The Sightron SII models are very good scopes, as are many of the Bushnell models.


October 21, 2007, 08:23 PM
for under $500 you should take a look at leupold vx-3's, zeiss conquest, and leupold vx-2's. cabela's alaskan guide is a good series of scopes, too.

i have a sightron (2nd one) s-2, and there won't be a 3rd - just not very happy w/ them. no experience w/ super sniper, but a 10x fixed or bigger is going to be tough to hunt w/. hear lots good about weaver grand slams - never shot one. had a burris. it sucked. nikon buckmaster and better are good scopes. i prefer bushnell elite series to nikon, but nikon is a good scope.

buy quality cry once, buy garbage cry twice...

good luck!

October 21, 2007, 08:24 PM
Zeiss Conquest I have one on my 308 and its a awesome scope

October 21, 2007, 09:13 PM
Bushnell Elite 4200 is a fine choice for the money.

Ala Dan
October 21, 2007, 09:17 PM
Lots of good ones already mentioned; but don't forget

Nikon Optics

Art Eatman
October 21, 2007, 09:36 PM
For hunting, anything much over 3x9 is pretty much a waste--unless you're talking way-out-there prairie dogs.

I can shoot inside one MOA on my 500-yard range with a Simmons 44Mag 3x10x40.

Anything equivalent to the old Leupold Vari-X II 2x7x32 or 3x9x40 will work just fine, IMO. I have the smaller of these scopes on my .243, and I had no difficulty with prairie dogs to 300 yards.

If I'm gonna deer hunt, I sure don't want more than 4X on the bottom end. It's a field-of-view thing. 3X is even better.


October 21, 2007, 09:55 PM
my choices were a leupold VX II in 3x9x40Good choice, We've been using Leupold II's many years with great results, hard to argue with 40 plus years success, so that would be my first choice.

October 21, 2007, 10:40 PM
Just bought a nice old Weaver K-6 at a gun show recently for $65--99% finish and clear as a bell. Goes nicely with all the K-4s I already have.

It boggles the mind to contemplate what a scope 9.2 times better can do.

October 21, 2007, 10:52 PM
I've been using stright 10x for hunting for a while, and find they serve just fine for anything exept short range 'jump hunting'. I stopped using 3-9xs when I determined I tended to leave them at one power all the time.

These days I stick with fixed power for most applications, 6x and 10x being my favorite for open county hunting we have here in Montana.

October 22, 2007, 12:17 AM
super sniper , believe it or not, is a Tasco product. But don't let that throw you, they were awarded a Navy contract for their scopes, plus one of their models is a side focus. I would think that they are going to be used by Seals, so they have to be good. I would certainly give them a try, just to see how tough they are. Also, all their scopes are 50 bmg rated for recoil.

October 22, 2007, 06:26 AM
Bushnell 3200/4200 are good ones.

October 22, 2007, 10:47 AM
I have a Leupold 2.5 X 8 on my .308 and love it, but you will be hard pressed to beat the Nikons or Sightrons for the money.

Nikons glass is superb. You will have to go to Leupolds VariX III or VX III scopes to match the Nikon Buckmaster which sells for less than those Leupolds.

For $500 there are a lot of good choices. If you are willing to spend that, and want a Leupold, don't get a VX II, get the VX III. You will be glad in the long run. :)

October 22, 2007, 05:09 PM
Let me third the Bushnell Elite 4200 3-9x40mm

For only $260 from SWFA ( it's practically a steal! :cool:

October 22, 2007, 07:22 PM
+1 on the Zeiss Conquest or Bushnell Elite 4200 3-9x40. I has a Leupold VXII on my deer rifle but replaced it with the Zeiss, which beat the Leupold hands down for resolution, contrast, repeatability and low light performance.

October 22, 2007, 08:02 PM
I love the Nikon Monarch 6.5-20x44 Fine Duplex that sits on my benchrest .308. Well under $500.00

October 22, 2007, 08:14 PM
I am a big fan of Leopuld optics. VX-II's are great scopes for the money. If you have a C&R license you can get a good price on them from Grafs & Sons.

October 22, 2007, 08:46 PM
With 40+ years of deer hunting experience in woods and brush, I'd STRONGLY advise against a fixed power scope in anything above 4x. Maybe OK in open areas. As with any tool, the application depends on the situation.

I believe the Bushnell Elite's are the same as the two 4200 B&L's that I have. They're absolutely excellent.

I have a Burris Black Diamond that's probably the best scope I've got.

You should easily be able to find a Burris Black Diamond, Leupold VX-III, or top of the line Nikon in your price range. Check e-bay. There are scopes there that go for really good prices. You just gotta keep watching.

If you're using it for hunting, make absolutely sure it's waterproof/fogproof.

October 23, 2007, 10:46 AM
I would say that for dual purpose like you are looking for, you need to go with a variable power model. A 3-9X40 or 4-12X40 would be my suggestion. Also, make sure it is an adjustable objective (AO) scope. That will enable you to keep your target in focus whether it is 50 yds or 500 yds.

As far as brands, I agree that the Zeiss, Bushnell 3200 or 4200 series, and Leupold are the way to go. You should find something by those mfg's that fir the above criteria within your budget.

November 17, 2007, 09:46 PM
Here is supposedly a variable power super sniper.

November 17, 2007, 11:20 PM
I too was a big fan of Leupold....until I tried a Zeiss Conquest in 3x9x50. They can be had on the gun auction sites (or eBay, (gasp)) for around $400.00. German glass assembled in USA if I'm not mistaken. A lot of bang for the buck.

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