$300 Riflescope Choice for Savage .270


April 14, 2009, 06:44 PM
First let me say that is my first bolt gun, and my first scope purchase. I have done some reading and research and learned a good deal of basic info from http://www.opticsplanet.com

I am not a hunter, at least not currently. This is primarily for sport, shooting at 100-200yards. This rifle has a long action and thus will limit some of my choices. I have identified some preliminary candidates/brands and would appreciate any opinions or experiences.

I like the flexibility of variable magnification so my preliminary choice is in the range of 3-9 X 40. My preliminary choices are: Bushnell Elite 3200, Sightron II, Nikon Buckmaster. There may even be a couple Leupold and Burris models in the $300 range that would suit my needs.

I am familiar with the basic details, adjustments etc. I am not fully familiar with all the reticle choices, but I know that I do not want mildot. Just based on the details given for most of these products, it is easy to compare the measurable statistics, but not so easy to compare the glass quality.

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April 14, 2009, 10:23 PM
www.swfa.com, Nikon Team Primos 3-9x40 (it's a monarch with a marketing label attached.) I have two of them, and they beat my Leupold vx-iii 2.5-8x36 hands down.

Or the Busnell Elite 4200 3-9x40 is also highly regarded in that price range, though I like a little more eye relief.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
April 14, 2009, 11:09 PM
Yup, this one:


Or this one:


Or this one:


The Nikon Omega / Slugmaster is the best value going in scopes right now, IMO - even superior to the very good "Team Primos" Nikons. As someone mentioned, these are all actually Monarchs. In fact, I'm sporting a major hogleg about that Slugmaster 1.65-5x36 for a variety of different rifles: fighting AR15, .45-70s, muzzleloaders, slug gun, .357 mag carbine, .30-30 levergun, DG rifle, etc., etc.

Or, better yet, since this is more of a target rifle, for a little more magnification, this one:


Or this one:


So bottom line, I think your short list is excellent. There may be a Burris or Weaver I'd consider as well, if I found a great deal on one. Leupolds are overpriced for what you get in my book, but they're good too, obviously.

April 15, 2009, 05:28 PM
Thanks for the responses and the links fellas. I appreciate the info and advice. I was not familiar with SWFA or theopticzone so I can add those to my list. I feel a little better that I am on the right track.

April 15, 2009, 11:04 PM
+1 on the Bushnell 4200 3-9x40

Here is a used one for $199


The Nikon Team Primos has great glass and mechanicals, but that BDC reticle drives me crazy.

The SampleList also has a Nikon Monarch UCC 3-9x40 with a silver finish for $179. That too is a very nice scope. Lots of Team Primos refurbs for $179 as well

April 18, 2009, 09:54 PM
OK. I made a purchase. This was not originally among my choices but I found it for sale NIB on gunbroker.com for $279. When I searched the popular scope sights, this price was $75-$100 cheaper so I took the plunge. Here are the details. Tell me what you think!

These Burris Scopes are New in the factory Box with all the Paper Work. Burris Fullfield II 4.5-14x42mm Matte Black

200183 Ballistic Plex Reticle

Detailed Description

The Burris Fullfield II scope is an enhanced model of the Fullfield version. It boasts a more forgiving sharpness and eye clarity for positioning fore and aft, and left and right. Using modern alloys and machining techniques the weight has been reduced by 20%-25% without affecting durability or optical performance.

Most scopes have three or four potential leak paths in the eyepiece/power ring area. The Fullfield II has but two. These leak paths are sealed with special quad seals rather than low-tech O-rings. To change magnification, turn the entire eyepiece, which is now integral to the power ring. A European-style adjustable eyepiece is easy to use and requires no locking mechanism.

Burris has moved the adjustment system rearward to better accommodate mounting situations. Also, the eyepiece is shorter, allowing even more mounting flexibility.

This is a great big game and varmint dual-purpose scope.


-42mm Clear Objective Diameter

-Reticle: Ballistic Plex

-Finish: Matte

-Features: Parallax Adjustment

-Field of View @ 100 yards: Low 25 ft./High 9 ft.

-Exit Pupil: Low 9.1mm/High 3.1mm

-Click Adj. Value (@ 100 yards): .25"

-Max Adj. (@ 100 yards): 40"

-Weight: 18 oz.

-Optimum Eye Relief: 3.1-3.8"

-Overall Length: 14.1"

-1" Tube

-Includes Storm Queen-style lens covers.

Suggested retail Price: $602.00

Most places charge $329.99 to $359.99 for this same Scope.

Includes factory calibration chart for most calibers.

Including .223 Rem, .243 Win, .25-06, .260-Rem .270 Win

7mm-08, 7mm Rem Mag, .308- Win

.30-06, .300 Win Mag, .338 Win Mag,

7 STW, .300 Ultra Mag, 7mm WSM & SAUM,

.300-WSM & SAUM, .270 Win Short Mag,

7mm Short Mag .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire,

.22LR, .45 Cal Muzzle Loader, and .50 Cal Muzzle Loader

All orders are shipped via UPS. UPS SHIPPING IS $13.50 including insurace. Shipments are limited to the continental contiguous (lower 48 states) US only at this time.

Burris Forever Warranty

April 19, 2009, 02:32 PM
everyone has there own opinion about which scope is best for that dollar.
me personally, I do have a preference toward leupold. I just bought my second one used online for 185. with shipping..plus leupold has a lifetime warranty that goes with the scope not original purchaser.. so now I have 2 leupold 3x9x40 vxII.. so if you are not in a rush, take your time and shop..you will more than likely find what you are looking for at a good price...
good luck..just my half a cents worth..

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
April 20, 2009, 04:16 PM
I think you made a good deal on a good choice. The Fullfield IIs are nice scopes - just so long as you don't need warranty work.

April 20, 2009, 10:41 PM
My FFII 4.5-14x42 went South last year. Sent it to Burris. 10 days later I had a brand new one in my hands. Is this the poor warranty service you speak of?

April 21, 2009, 02:01 AM
When my 4 year old broke the eyecups off of my FFII binos I sent it to Burris to be repaired assuming I'd have to pay for my kids actions.
But no, Burris sent me a brand new pair for free!
Pretty good service if you ask me.
You'll like your FFII, I like my 1.75-5X20 FFII alot.

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