good scope for deer hunting?


March 4, 2009, 10:41 PM
I have a semi-automatic Remington 7400 carbine in 30-06, and it has a weaver 1.5x4 scope on it presently. I am thinking of getting a new scope for it because it is an old scope and is blurred and not very clear anymore.
I am considering a Weaver Grand Slam Scope in 1.5-5X32mm. I can find one for about $285.00. Is this a good deal/good scope? Any other suggestions for scopes?
I would like one that doesn't zoom in much because i hunt in pretty close quarters in the woods in MN.
Thanks for your help.

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March 4, 2009, 10:54 PM
What is your budget? I assume under $300 - $500 or so right?

March 4, 2009, 10:58 PM
yea, probably under 375$

March 4, 2009, 11:00 PM
Nikon Primos $219 3-9x40mm It's basically a Monarch in disguise.

March 4, 2009, 11:07 PM
Many are finding the Nikon Prostaff to be a very good scope for the money. Here's a link to Cabela's and customer reviews.


March 4, 2009, 11:19 PM
ok, thanks. i will check out nikon, they seem to be much cheaper.

March 4, 2009, 11:54 PM
I don't know if you have a thing against fixed magnification but Natchez has Weaver's 4x shotgun scope on sale for $80 down from $250. It can be found here:

If you don't mind fixed magnification it is far and away the best deal out there that I have seen. There are better scopes out there but they cost more than the original $250, let alone the $80 they cost on sale.

March 4, 2009, 11:59 PM
I am currently having good luck with the leupold rifleman scopes for my deer rifles. Walmart quit selling the 3-9x50 model in N. Topeka. I picked up two clearanced from $279. to $189. Seem to work pretty well.

March 5, 2009, 12:40 AM
I switched to Nikon from Leupold. Still have a few Leupolds, but like the Nikons better.

March 5, 2009, 07:11 AM
Last year, I put a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 on my Dad's Remington 7400 30-06. He love it.

It is practically as clear and bright as my Leupold Mark 4 (has VX-III lenses.)

-- John

Art Eatman
March 5, 2009, 10:00 AM
In deer hunting, I've found that my 3x9 scopes spend most of their time on 3X or 4X. It's more about field of view than magnification. Magnification is what your binoculars give you, since you don't look for Bambi through your rifle scope. That "might be a Bambi" just might be another hunter. From the standpoint of "need", a reasonable-quality fixed 4X will do just fine.

March 5, 2009, 10:07 AM
I'm not personally familiar with the Weaver Grand Slam you're considering, but reports about them are generally favorable. I've got a Bushnell Elite 3200 that has been good to me, and I just bought a Nikon Buckmaster 3-9x40 that appears to be very nice. I've yet to use the Buckmaster in the field, though.

March 5, 2009, 10:11 AM
The team primos is the way to go. I have the Bushnell 4200 3-9x40 but I like my father's team primos better because of the extra eye relief.

March 5, 2009, 10:36 AM
I have a Bushnell Banner 3-9x40 ( That's been a great scope for the money. I've zeroed it once for 200 yards on a 7mm-08 and it's been to the range a few times and not moved... :cool:

For deer hunting, I think it's a great value... :neener:

March 5, 2009, 10:36 AM
I bought a NIB Burris Fulfield II for about $160 in 3-9X40mm for my .30-06. Seemes to be a great scope for the money.

March 5, 2009, 10:51 AM
Nikon, Bushnell Elites, or Burris FF II will all be good glass for the money. 3x9 is what I always used for deer, but most of the time it was set to around 4-5x depending on the shot. Nice to be able to dial it up for spotting but most of the time you will be running at lower power for hunting.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
March 5, 2009, 10:54 AM
Nikon Primos $219 3-9x40mm It's basically a Monarch in disguise.

Let me say this: I'm a BIG fan of the Nikon OMEGA muzzleloader scope at around $250-$260 - fantastic scope for the money (on ANY rifle). I wouldn't be surprised if it's really a Monarch. Now, HOWEVER, I compared an Omega side by side with a "Team Primos" Nikon which appeared exactly identical on the outside (same stats, 3-9x40, etc.), and roughly same price, and the Team Primos was *inferior* to the Omega. The Omega had more eye relief and better edge-to-edge clarity. They were both good, but the Omega clearly better.

March 5, 2009, 11:42 AM
I agree with Schleprok62, the bushnells banners are pretty good.
(at least they have wored for me)

March 5, 2009, 12:48 PM
Considering your looking at woods hunting with a carbine...

I like the fixed power suggestions first, then a low power range variable. I've got a pair of the Weaver classic scopes in use for the same kind of hunting right now, a K2.5 2.5x20mm and a V3 1-3x20mm. Great scopes for good cost. If you want a little more top end magnification the V7 2-7x32mm is a good one too.

The Bushnell Banner falls in the same performance range and the 1.5-4.5x32mm ( is a good scope.

March 5, 2009, 06:01 PM
I'm not a fan of the banners. Mine looked good when I got it but after 100 rounds of .243 it died. Adjustments quit working and something from the insides had broke and was partially blocking the view. Maybe mine was a fluke but it was the last I will try. For the money Ill step up to something in the weaver or sightron low end. My banner was made in China and I hear some were made elsewhere with potentially better quality control so maybe that was a part of it as well. Still I'm going at least Japan or Nikon Philippine made. I just can't pull myself to recommend or use something China made other than maybe Mueller but they are pushing it.

March 5, 2009, 07:56 PM
I favor Leupolds VXIII 3X10X50 but I have a Nikon don't know the model but it cost $350 new on one of myrifles and I must say it is clearera and sharper than the Leupolds. That say Leupold has the best customer service of any product.

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