Savage Stevens in 7mm-08 ??


January 19, 2011, 10:55 PM
Just purchased this rifle. Understand I was looking for entry level and this name kept popping up when I searched the forums as being a decent quality entry level. Florida hunting is the goal and since I do not know if I am going to like this I did not see spending a lot of money. So the question are:

1. What is a good value scope in 3 - 9X for this? Bushnell seems to be popular here
2. Rings and base set recommendation?

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January 19, 2011, 10:59 PM
You can't beat leupold rings and bases for a hunting scope. Bushnell offers fine entry level scopes. There are plenty of good choices but even if you are just testing the waters, don't spend less than 100 bucks on glass. And try to spend at least 200 if you can, not including rings and bases. Now is the time to buy though. I just got a Cabelas catalogue in the mail and they have a lot of good deals on hunting equipment now that the season is winding down.

January 19, 2011, 11:20 PM
I agree with him but would like to add nikon to your scope choices. ive got nikon and leupold. they are both fantastic. I also like bushnell but slightly less.

January 19, 2011, 11:40 PM
Here is a very good scope for a great price.

This mount is like a rock and easy to install.

January 19, 2011, 11:55 PM
What can you afford for a scope? It all depends on your price range. The Bushnell Elite 3200 and 4200 are decent scopes, but I'd not go with anything below that.

If you don't have anymore than $100 the Nikon Prostaff is a decent choice on sale at many places for $100 for the 3-9x40. If you can spare slightly more SWFA has the Burris FFII's in 3-9x40 for $120. Optically this is a much better scope. If you can spend more than that, the next step up is the Vortex Vipers. You can get the 2-7x33 for $175 from or the 3.5-10x50 for $250. These are all great scopes on great sale prices. If you can spend $400 or so, the Zeiss Conquest is the way to go. It just all depends on your price range, but those are my suggestions.

For rings and bases, I'm a fan of just getting a set of quality steel bases, and a set of the Burris Signature Zee rings. Those are the best rings I've used under $100 imo. The plastic inserts are nice as they eliminate the need of lapping the rings, make sure you won't have ring marks, and if you need to shim the scope you can change inserts. They really are great rings. I've also got a couple sets of steel Leupold rings. I like them, but not nearly as much as the Burris Zee Rings. Warne is another popular brand of rings. I've tried using cheap rings and mounts from companies like Weaver, but they really aren't worth it imo. The aluminum ones seem to strip out easily. That's my biggest complaint. Once they are mounted if they don't strip they work well, but I've stripped out several sets and I wouldn't have with steel rings. By the time you buy 2-3 sets you could have just bought the Burris rings. Weaver does make steel rings too, but they don't seem to be up to par with the Burris rings or Leupolds and are nearly the price.

January 20, 2011, 12:09 AM
I'll assume you want to spend about $200 on a scope.

January 20, 2011, 12:15 AM
For around 200, you can get a Nikon Primos, which is a great buy. It is the same quality as their Monarch line and also has the BDC. I have one and it is GREAT. I think it is the best deal in a 3-9 scope right now.

January 20, 2011, 02:14 AM
Nitrex 3-9 from NatchezSS. Discontinued $300 scope for $100.
Lots of ways you could mount it. Burris XTB bases and XTR rings would be good.
The Bushnell 3200 and Burris FFII mentioned above are also good deals.

January 20, 2011, 06:22 AM
check out DNZ game reaper scope mounts, (optics planet seems to have the best buy) the mounts are one piece of milled aluminum and less than 50$ shipped. as for scopes, depends on the price range you are working with, I picked up a redfield for my xs7, its a 3x9x40 and i got it for 150(in store so you can do better online) nice glass, and it has the lupould life time warnty and made int he states. good luck

January 20, 2011, 06:22 AM
A Bushnell Elite 3200 is a very nice scope. But if you do not intend to spend over $200, look at the new Redfields and the Nikon ProStaff line. 3-9x40mm would be perfect.

These are on sale:

January 20, 2011, 08:19 AM
The Leupold Rifleman or VX-1 or Nikon Pro-staff will serve you very well for hunting Florida's flatlands. Power range 3x9x40 is a good choice. Don't buy into the argument that only expensive scopes are any good.

January 20, 2011, 10:08 AM
You may not care about this but... you bought an awesome American made rifle, why not top it with American made glass? The Redfield scopes as mentioned above are American made and can be had for well under $200. The Leupold Rifleman scopes can be had for around $200 and are also made in the US. (Redfield made by Leupold)

The Nikon and Bushnell may be good scopes for the money but they are made in ......


January 20, 2011, 11:03 AM
Bushnell 3200 and Nitrex are made in Japan. Burris FFII and Nikon are made in the Philippines.
Nothing wrong with Leupold or Redfield, but there are some great deals out there right now on other scopes.

January 20, 2011, 11:05 AM
Most mentioned above are great choices. I personally picked out the Nikon Prostaff for my first scope purchase.

Good luck!

January 20, 2011, 11:05 AM
The Nikon Pro-Staff is actually made in the Philippines and the Bushnell Elite 3200 is made in Japan...not China.

...beaten to the punch by 2 minutes...

January 20, 2011, 12:06 PM
I have an older Bushnell 4 x 14 x 40 AO from Academy for $ 100 made in Korea. Its been holding quite well for 11 yrs now and is on my Rem 700 .243.
Back i had this mounted on the STG 58 , shot almost 500 rds of 7.62 NATO and it held up.

January 20, 2011, 01:49 PM
...made somewhere in asia...
They may be fine scopes. just sayin'

January 20, 2011, 08:05 PM
great advice on scopes. Can I get some good input on rings/ bases??

January 20, 2011, 08:11 PM
Many will recommend one-piece EGW base and Burris Signature Zee rings for a Stevens or Savage.

I have the SigZee rings, but chose two-piece Burris Xtreme tactical bases for my current build underway. I've got a 110 with basic weaver two-piece bases and Savage factory weaver rings, and a 12FV with Leupold standard bases/rings. I've also got a handful of Rem700s with the Leupold combo, and they work really well.

January 20, 2011, 08:21 PM
I got the same rifle, same caliber and love it. I got a Nikon Buckmasters 3x9x50 and I aint afraid to take 300 plus yard shots at hogs with it. I know at 100 yards it shoots dime groups. I got nice rifles in my safe but I love that UGLY but tackdrivin 200. easy on the recoil, accurate, light, what more do you want?

January 20, 2011, 09:44 PM
I just picked one up today and am looking forward to seeing how it shoots. Seems strange to spend more on the scope than the rifle but I will probably put a Leupold VX-1 on it. Would you mind telling what ammo you are getting those dime sized groups with. I know every rifle is probably going to like a different ammo, but at least it would be a starting point.

January 20, 2011, 10:33 PM
if your looking for a good budget scope go on ebay and type in brunton rifle scopes. they are great scopes, clear and stand up to recoil like the best. look on brownells and get your self a 1 piece picanty base and some weaver med. hieght bases. i have the exact same set up only in 223. great gun and the only thing entry level is the price

January 21, 2011, 06:30 AM
dont have a savage, but check out dnz one piece mounts(base and rings are all one piece of milled auluminum) at optics planet(46 to your door). redfield has some good scopes with good glass, and a great warnety. good luck.

Otis is DaMan
January 21, 2011, 08:12 AM
Made in USA Redfield scope. Think about it. :)

January 21, 2011, 02:36 PM
Is the installation of the scope a home gun smith task?

January 21, 2011, 03:47 PM
Yes, it's not hard, just take your time and make sure everything lines up. don't be afraid to use blue thread locker from any auto parts store. it will come off, but won't let your screws vibrate loose. Some of my rifles have it, some don't. I've never needed it with the dednutz game reaper mounting systems though. they are great.

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