Looking for the "best" rifle scope


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mugsie
June 10, 2010, 07:11 AM
I am looking for a good rifle scope for my .308. I shoot target, out to 300 yards, but may move up to 600 later this year if I can find a range. I don't want to spend a fortune on the scope, but I need something with a bright and clear picture, and enough magnification to make the group as tight as possible. I've been looking at all the big names, Nikon, Leoupold, Bushnel etc, but they all want a fortune. Forget about the Night Force and specialized scopes - they are too far out of my range.

Does anyone use or know of a make for a good compromise scope? something in the 3 - $400 range? Also, what magnification do you feel is fine for 3 - 600 yards? 1 - 300 yards? I'd like to hear what the user community feels rather then the propaganda from the magazine authors who only want to sell advertisement.


Any other suggestions?

Thanks people.....

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Rembrandt
June 10, 2010, 07:40 AM
$300-$400 will not get you the "best" rifle scope.....better off going with iron sights than using inferior glass.

Robert
June 10, 2010, 12:36 PM
http://demigodllc.com/articles/optics-for-long-range-rifle-shooting-2009-update/
A bit long at 9 pages but Zak does a great job. As they say better to save up and cry once than buy something that does not work for you.

Natty Bumpo
June 10, 2010, 07:57 PM
One word- Leupold Buy right - buy once.

They make many different models at several price points.

NB

skoro
June 11, 2010, 09:56 PM
n/a

Zak Smith
June 13, 2010, 10:13 PM
$300 will buy you less than 10% of the "best" long range riflescope.

In addition to my article Gus posted, here's a more general and detailed one

http://demigodllc.com/photo/AI-AWSM/icon/A100_1910_img.jpg
article | Practical Long-Range Rifle Shooting, Part II - Optics http://demigodllc.com/icon/extwh3.png (http://demigodllc.com/articles/practical-long-range-rifle-shooting-optics/)

Harold Mayo
June 14, 2010, 08:28 AM
In that price range and for that range of shooting, I'd look at Vortex.

ranger335v
June 14, 2010, 11:36 AM
"Nikon, Leoupold, Bushnel etc, but they all want a fortune."

Not really. Each of those have several different lines in distinct price ranges. The mid-range series of each offer a lot of quality for rational prices.

I believe most HUNTERS who seek the absoulute best optics at a low price are looking at it the wrong way. Few HUNTERS search for long periods of time through a rifle scope. Most of us will normally fire after less than a minute of looking, often just a few seconds. Super high grade lenses used for such brief periods is nice enough but it's mostly irrelivant to any real need. IMHO.

I find Bushnell's 3200 RainGuard scopes fill my needs for practical hunting scopes very well, and do it at moderate cost. In fact, they do fully as well as my more costly Leupolds and a friend's Zeiss Conquest. And they do MUCH better in the rain than any others I've tried in many years of deer hunting.

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