Hi, guys. I'm replacing the old Simmons I currently have on a Winchester 70 in .30-06 and am making a decision on what to get. I can't go over $200 and don't want to go under $100. I've narrowed it down to to a few brands (Redfield, Weaver, Sightron, and Burris) and will probably go with either a 4x fixed or a 2x-7x variable, since I'll be hunting in PA, but that's where I've come to a stopping point. They all have good reputations, some type of lifetime warranty, and would fill the bill nicely. Any comments or opinions are welcome, but please keep it limited to the parameters I established (I would LOVE to have a Trijicon, but it ain't gonna happen with my budget). Thanks.
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July 15, 2010, 10:10 AM
I just picked up A Luepold VX II on ebay for $ 200..4 to 1 2 power..I am very pleased... If you decide to go used, (Luepold has a lifetime no BS Warranty) check the sellers feedback, there are counterfeit scopes out there..Good Luck..
July 15, 2010, 12:22 PM
you might also want to consider vortex.
beyond that you've made it into the camry vs accord area. they're all going to be fine. some people have preferences. you might look at the physical dimensions of the scope. for example, the redfields have slightly smaller diameter eyepieces, gloss finish limits choices if you want that, some matte finishes are smooth, some are rough, some scopes are longer or heavier than others.
this might be an interesting read. http://www.opticsthoughts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29:qinexpensive-scopeq-comparison&catid=4:rifle-scope-reviews&Itemid=4
July 15, 2010, 12:34 PM
In that price range the two best imo are the Burris Fullfield II and the Vortex Diamondback. This is a great article to read. http://opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=21176
July 15, 2010, 12:52 PM
My short list for variables in your price range would include the following.
Scopes with multicoated optics:
Redfield Revolution 2-7x33 - $129.99
Vortex Crossfire 2-7x32 - $114.99
Bushnell 3200 2-7x32 - 209.99 (just $10 bucks over your budget)
Scope with fully multicoated optics:
Burris Fullfield II 2-7x35 - $169.00
Vortex Diamondback 2-7x32 - $179.00
All but the Bushnell have a full lifetime warranty. The Bushnell is a 1-year no questions warranty, followed by a limited lifetime warranty for the original owner.
I have the Burris FFII and consider it to be a great value for the features it has compared to the other scopes. It has been in use for four seasons and has seen some rugged use. It has held zero perfectly. My nephew has the Vortex Diamondback and we are equally impressed with that scope,
All prices are from Optics Planet (www.opticsplanet.com). Shipping is included in the price. I've purchased from them several times and had great service.
I hope this is helpful!
July 15, 2010, 10:55 PM
Thanks, guys. I forgot about Bushnell, Vortex, and even Nikon. I was thinking about a Vortex EER scope for my Mosin, but that's on the back burner. Right now, I'm leaning towards a Redfield 2x-7x or either a Weaver K4 or V7. If I could find a higher end scope used, I would consider that, too. Like a Leupold, Zeiss, or Trijicon. Or maybe a Nikon Monarch.