Best 14x scope for $500-$600?


October 19, 2009, 01:13 PM
I am looking for a long range hunting scope to put on a .338 win mag. I have always been pleased with Leupold products and have been looking at the VX-III, but have recently been hearing great things about Nikon Monarchs as well as Burris scopes. Anyone own any of these or know wenough about them to tell me if one is a much betetr value than another?



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October 19, 2009, 06:09 PM
Look at the Sightron SII Big Sky

October 19, 2009, 08:53 PM
Sightron? Never heard of them. Where might I find these?

October 19, 2009, 09:40 PM
Sightron? Never heard of them. Where might I find these?Midway sells them. Sightron make some excellent scopes, well worth checking out.

October 19, 2009, 11:06 PM
I have a Sightron big sky 4.5x14x42 HHR it is by far above my Leupold VXIII and My friends VXIII

October 21, 2009, 02:10 AM
I have a Sightron II Big Sky 4-16x42. Excellent glass, tracks beautifully has 80 moa of adjustment and the best part has a LIFE TIME REPLACEMENT WARRANTY. They won't fix your scope just send you a new one. I believe that they just came out with a bdc reticle also which they call the hunter holdover. I know that depending on the scope you get from sightron regardless of the price especially in the Big Sky series the only thing that comes close to it will cost $200 to $300 more. I also own the Nikon monarch with bdc reticle which is also a great scope 3-9x40. But not in the same class. They both serve my needs. You won't go wrong with Sightron.

October 21, 2009, 02:38 AM
+5 on the Sightron. Own em, use em, love em.

October 21, 2009, 11:27 AM
Wow I think I'm sold on sightron now.

October 21, 2009, 03:39 PM

I hunt with a .338 Winchester magnum bolt gun myself. It's my dedicated moose, bear, elk gun. It wears a Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10X mil-dot. And that's one helluva piece of glass.

I, personally, far prefer the mil-dot reticle system to any of the various BDC systems. I happen to have a Nikon 4-12X with their BDC, and it'll get replaced with a mil-dot at sometime in the relatively near future. As you may have noticed, I'm in Montana, on the front range of the Rockies. The wind blows here. A BDC does not give you a reference point for windage, mil-dot does. It makes a huge difference in field usability, believe me.

On another note, the Leupold VXIII is not their current line. The present scope is the VX-3, and it is superior to the older VXIII line. However, you owe it to yourself to investigate the Zeiss glass. I do believe that within your budget you'll find some very satisfactory glass from Zeiss, with lifetime warranty also.


October 22, 2009, 06:30 PM
How difficult is it to learn to use the Mil Dot? I still cant believe I have never heard of the Sightron scopes.

October 22, 2009, 06:55 PM
The Zeiss Conquest is a decent scope,but their Diavari line is a much better scope.
Do yourself a favor and go look through some higher end scopes and compare them to the cheaper scopes.
I thought I always had some decent glass on my rifles-Nikon Monarchs,Leupold VXII-III's,etc. until I looked through a Swarovski Pro Hunter scope,and then I saw what a good scope looked like.
You can find some deals on the high end scopes if you look at used scopes. I just bought a used 4X16X50 Swarovski Pro Hunter for less than half of what it cost new,and it doesn't have a mark on it,and the lifetime warranty is transferable on most brands of the high end scopes.

You might have to save you pennies a while longer,but you will never regret waiting to buy a much better scope for your rifle.

October 22, 2009, 11:24 PM
I agree the Higher end scopes are great.When I was looking the best price I found on a Zeiss Conquest 4.5x15 was 725.00$ I gave a little over 600.00$ for My Big Sky plus got a check back for 50.00. In your price range it gonna be hard to get better than a Sightron.Plus I love mine

October 23, 2009, 01:30 PM
I bought a Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14 NIB for $619+ shipping on Gunbroker. Should be able to stay in the $600s if you look around.

The newer Leupold VX3 is a very good scope and competes just fine in its price range.

October 24, 2009, 12:07 AM
hey atblis where are you in sw va I grew up there

October 24, 2009, 05:04 PM

October 24, 2009, 07:48 PM
cool I grew up in Grayson county Come to Blacksburg some to watch VT

October 28, 2009, 03:10 PM
Falcon Menace 4-14x44mm or 5-25x50mm.....great scopes for the money!

October 30, 2009, 03:31 AM
I'm very happy with the Bushnell 4200. However, I don't have any high end glass to compare it to. One of these days I'll get a Zeiss or Swarovski but, for now, the 4200 is looking great. My others are $300 range Burris and Nikon - can't complain there either, but I'm sure you can get better with $500-600.

October 30, 2009, 11:14 AM
The Elite 4200 is pretty darn close to being high end glass.

October 31, 2009, 12:28 AM
the 4200 is a great scope

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