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Backup Deer Rifle - Sighting Systems

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mr_Pale_Horse, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. Mr_Pale_Horse

    Mr_Pale_Horse Well-Known Member

    The property I hunt was clearcut in 1989. I has gone from barren to briarpatch to thicket to fledgling forest in the last ~20 seasons. We keep a handful of backup rifles in the safe for underprepared guests or if a Plan A gets broken. Most of these safe queens wear irons, a couple have scopes. Unfortunately, as I age, and correspondingly the guest list ages, there is a need for more scoped loaner guns.

    Currently, my favorite sighting system in these conditions is a 1.5-5X20mm Vari-X III (same as VX-III now I guess). This would seem an ideal upgrade for the gunsafe queens, but at the same time, buying a half dozen $400 dollar scopes for guns that might get shot 10 times every other year seems a waste. The discussion has gone from "do nothing" to BassPro or Cabelas house brands, base model low power variables or fixed powers.

    Is there a quality low fixed or variable power no frills scope to be had, or is "do nothing" probably the best solution?

    P.S. Guns calibers: 222, 223, 2 7x57, 2 30-30's, and a 308 (all legal for deer in the state in question). Shots are typically between 25-50 yards.
  2. Ratshooter

    Ratshooter Well-Known Member

    I've been very pleased with the Pro-Staff Nikon brand of scopes. I have 5 of them now.

    I have 2 4Xs, two 2x7s and a 3x9. The 4x are on 22s, the 2x7s are on a 22mag and a 30-30 and the 3x9 is on a 7x57 mauser.

    These have been good scopes for the price.
  3. Bartkowski

    Bartkowski Well-Known Member

    Do nothing is a good solution, unless your guests have very, very little experience with iron sights. Like Ratshooter suggested, the prostaff's are good scopes for the money. They are pretty clear and are inexpensive too.
  4. Shawnee

    Shawnee member

    +1 for the Nikon Pro-Staff 2x7 scopes - usually about $129.95 online with free shipping. Try...



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