Best Scope Under $150 for no more than 500yds


October 25, 2008, 07:42 PM
I know that the general consenus is that out at 500 yds and longer, you need a really top quality scope that can be as expensive as $750-$1000.

I want to spend less $150 and get the best scope that I can get to enable to shoot out to maximum of 500 yards.

I know that is asking a lot, but I'm not expecting miracles and I'm not expecting something for nothing.

I have $150 to spend, and I'd like to get the most scope for the money. So long as it isn't a Chinese scope, I don't care where it is made or what brand it is.

Thanks for your help and advice. It is appreciated.

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October 25, 2008, 07:45 PM
Nikon Prostaff is a great scope for 150. Not sure if it's chinese.

October 25, 2008, 07:58 PM
I don't have anything really against Chinese scopes, it's just that I bought one off of Ebay and within a month, the lenses/optical parts were wobbling under recoil from .308 Magtech. Finally the front dislodged and cracked.

It was a $100 3x9 and it was made in China. I didn't know it was Chinese at the time or else I would have bought a cheap Bushnell.

I'll check out the Nikon you mentioned.

Thank you.

October 25, 2008, 08:21 PM
Dude I've read great things about the Weaver Classic V series. Just under $150. Gonna get the 1-3x for my AR when I have the scratch. They also have a good 2-7x. Check em out here and read the user reviews

Weaver Classic V-Series Rifle Scope 1-3x 20mm Dual-X Reticle (

Weaver Classic V-Series Rifle Scope 2-7x 32mm Dual-X Reticle (

October 26, 2008, 12:34 AM
nikon or pentax, Japanese made. any old Tasco glass, that has an extremely shiny tube, 30 yrs old or more usually. It is also made in japan, and will say so on the tube. A new Tasco Varmint series, I have had very good luck with these. but the nikon or Pentax, will be much better, and they are also pretty much like Leupold when it comes to warranty, not quite, but darn close.

October 26, 2008, 01:47 AM
Pentax Gameseaker. Its about 130 bucks and has a bullet drop compensator, if your into that. I have it on 2 of my rifles, love them to death.

October 26, 2008, 07:35 AM
I'll second the suggestion of a Nikon Prostaff if you are staying in the sub $150 range.

In fact, its probably the only sub $150 optic that I'd run.

-- John

October 26, 2008, 09:16 AM
I recently got an E-mail from MidawayUSA with a big sale on the Bushnell Legend 5-15 mil-dot,with target knobs,for $150-something. This scope has fully-multi-coated lenses and a life-time warranty.I've ALMOST bought this scope,a couple times (got Elites instead), but for the money in question, this is where I'd go.
Also, to concur with Khyrons post, yes, the Weaver V's are dynamite scopes !! I have a V7 and a V16, both on .22s, and wouldn't change a thing.

October 26, 2008, 09:42 AM
I have the Bushnell Legent 3-9x40 and it was $159 but well worth the money. I've been pleasantly surprised by it having never owned a Bushnell before. That would be my vote.

But I also have several Nikon Buckmaster scopes and I think Nikon really has a great thing going with their scopes. I've never looked through one, but I've heard a lot of people saying they like their ProStaffs too!

October 26, 2008, 10:20 AM
The Nikons are made in the Phillipines.

Their ProStaff 2x7 for $129.00 at either or are the best deal I know of.


Al Thompson
October 26, 2008, 11:07 AM
Another vote for the Weavers. Try Natchez Shooters Supply for good prices and a crappy web site. :)

October 26, 2008, 11:15 AM
The Nikons are made in the Phillipines.

For the mid grade models (e.g., Buckmaster, etc.). Higher grades (e.g., Monarch, Tactical, etc.) are still made in Japan, IIRC.

October 26, 2008, 11:22 AM
(quote) "Their ProStaff 2x7 for $129.00 at either or are the best deal I know of."

Yeah, but 2X7 is pretty much a rimfire scope,pretty weak if the OP wants to shoot 500 yards.

October 26, 2008, 11:23 AM
I third the vote for Nikon. As a person who was in the semiconductor industry, Nikon and one other manufacturer lead the market in lens technology in their multimillion dollar exposure tools. Sure, not the same factory, but the stable they're bred from produces the world's finest optics.

The other manufacturer does not make any rifle scopes to my knowledge.

October 26, 2008, 01:58 PM
...mmm thats good mojo for nikon...

October 26, 2008, 02:01 PM
I have a Leapers 6-24X50 that I am very pleased with. It was cheap- $100 OTD- and works quite well. I can read signs clear as day at 500 yards or so.

It suits the purpose of the gun it is mounted on and to buy a scope with a big name on it and similar specs would have cost more than what I felt it was worth.

FWIW its made in Taiwan... that's the Republic of China, not the PRC. It also has a lifetime warranty and an illuminated reticle. The lifetime warranty really sealed the deal for me.

October 26, 2008, 08:34 PM
Be careful about lifetime warranties. At one time they certainly were worth something, usually given out for higher end items by companies confident about their products. The warranties are nowadays not a good indicator of the quality of the product. You still have the higher end quality folks still providing them as in the past but you now also have the very low end companies offering them just to gain sales. usually what occurs when you have a problem with low end product and send it in, they'll just replace it with a new low end product (which will also eventually fail) instead of fixing the broken one as it is cheaper to go that route. You will usually pay to send it to them for repair/replacement. One of the crappiest scope manufacturers that make the BEC Inc. brand (made in China) have (at least when I tried one out) lifetime warranties.

October 26, 2008, 08:44 PM
I can personally vouch for Bushnells lifetime warranty. I had a lowest-end Banner that came on a Beeman R9 pellet rifle,screw up in a minor way. I sent it in, and they let me upgrade to a significantly nicer 3200 Elite 5-15 tactical, for a measley $180. They made me a customer for life!

35 Whelen
October 26, 2008, 08:50 PM
Odd that no one's asked, "Shooting what out to 500 yds.?" Prairie Dogs or elk? I've not shot targets past 350 yds., but at that range it certainly isn't (in my experience or opinion) necessary to have one of the new, trendy, humongus, high magnification scopes that weigh more than most rifles. As such, you can probably pick up a used Burris, which are made in the USA and have a lifetime warranty, for a good price. I own 3 Burris scopes and am more than pleased with them.
Right now, there's a 3x9 on eBay that's at $128.00, another at $117.50, and a 2x7 Ballistic Plex at $124.95.
Good luck!

October 27, 2008, 03:44 AM
Buy a used Leupold... Can't beat them and they have the best warranty in the business... I think it's even covered on a used scope.

Jim Watson
October 27, 2008, 08:20 AM
A friend has good glass on all his rifles at very low cost because he has studied the field. He tracks down minor and medium brand names of scopes from when they were made in Japan before they moved to Korea, the Philippines, and Communist China in search of cheaper labor. He showed me a Japanese Simmons that was very sharp, if he does not put it on a gun of his own, I will likely buy it from him.

Of course this means buying used, with no "lifetime guarantee" or return privilege, but it can keep the price way down.

October 27, 2008, 05:35 PM
Get yourself a blemished Leopold rifleman scope.

October 27, 2008, 06:58 PM
+1 on the Pentax gameseeker.

October 27, 2008, 09:14 PM

Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40.

And Shawnee is correct, the Prostaffs are made in the Philippines.

October 27, 2008, 09:26 PM
Just bought a Bushnell Elite 3200, 10x40 for $150. Very nice scope:)

October 27, 2008, 10:19 PM
I bought w leupold vxII 3x9x40's for $150 shipped each from users on

They are both well used but very good scopes.

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