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Cheap scopes and mounts, who has them?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SIGfiend, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. SIGfiend

    SIGfiend Well-Known Member

    Hi guys, I'm trying to find some high-end $100-$150 scopes. Can you please list names of sites that sell quality names like Leapers for below market prices. Of course I want it to be for a brand new product. Thanks!
  2. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Well-Known Member

  3. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    Not to be snob by any means, but..

    Isn't that a bit of an oxymoron? :confused: IMO, if you want a decent $150 scope, buy a used Nikon/Burris/Sightron on eBay or AuctionArms.
  4. waterhouse

    waterhouse Well-Known Member

    I'm with rbernie on this one. Almost every scope I own is a leupold or Sightron, both great companies, and they were all bought used on ebay or through exchange boards of forums like this one. A lot of time you can get what was a retail $230 sightron for $140 used, and they work just as well as the new ones.

    So my suggestions for a good website would be ebay.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2005
  5. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    You have been given some good advice. There are no "high-end $100-$150 scopes". Buy a used scope if you cannot afford new. You get what you pay for in optics.

  6. SIGfiend

    SIGfiend Well-Known Member

  7. Cindog

    Cindog Well-Known Member

    If you must go cheap, then go Swift. Just be sure you stick to one of their Premiere grade scopes. A little more but still less than Leupold, Sightron, etc. is a Mueller.
  8. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    +1 to what USSR said.
  9. Essex County

    Essex County Well-Known Member

    Although I own some leupolds..........

    I have a couple of "default" scopes that I go to for project guns (it seems I always have going on). For a fixed Weaver's K series is hard to beat. I just mounted a K-6 this morning. To kick it up a little, in a variable I think the Bushnell 3200's are great. Anytime I've gone cheaper I've had regrets........... Essex
  10. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member


    There are, however, some "good" scopes in the $150-$200 range, such as the Nikon Prostaff or Buckmaster 3-9x. The Simmons ATV and Aetec also fall into this category. I have a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x on a Ruger .280 and a Simmons ATV 4.5-14x on my G-3. For a little more, you can get a Leupold Vx-II 3-9x (~$250). Decent Burris and Weaver scopes become available over $250. I have a Remington 700 LVSF .17 Rem. with a Weaver Classic V16 4-16x 42mm fine reticle 1/8 MOA dot (the fine reticle is not a good choice for big game hunting, though).

    IMO, a variable 3-9x, 3.5-10x, 4-12x, 4.5-14x or 4-16x with an objective lens between 36 and 42mm and a duplex crosshair is best for hunting. Anything that starts at higher than 4.5x magnification really limits your field of view. And you should never need more than 16x on any antelope, deer or elk at a reasonble distance. Objective lenses under 36mm make low-light shots more difficult. 30mm tubes and 50mm objectives offer great light gathering, but require mounting much higher above boreline, thus creating more confusing and radical trajectory/line of sight.

    There is a reason that 1" tubed, 32-40mm 3-9x scopes have been the standard for the last half-century.
  11. greg531mi

    greg531mi Well-Known Member

    Since Bushnell bought Tasco, the Tasco line has improved. I bought the World Class 3x9x40, was surprised what I got for $29.95....It made the Simmons, Barsaka's, Leapers, and other under $100 scopes l looked through, look like junk, compared to the World Class. It seems they improved it, and I think, it is a good value. The older ones were junk, but the new W.C. are clearer and brighter than anything else in the price range. Don't get the pronghorn, or low priced Bushnells.
    The best thing to do, is to go to the sporting goods store, and look through them and compare, that is what I did....,
  12. ajax

    ajax Well-Known Member

    Go nikon best bang for the buck in that price range because there is nothin good about leapers.
  13. kirkcdl

    kirkcdl Well-Known Member

    My guess is that what you want is the top models of a lower priced brand of scopes.Try www.cdnninvestments.com

    You might also check out www.kalinkaoptics.com Russian optice are the best value on the market,US dollars go a long way in Russia these days.Good Luck...
  14. gulogulo1970

    gulogulo1970 Well-Known Member

    Simmons Aetec

    I have a couple of Simmons 2.9X10X44mm Aetecs on my 300 Weatherby and a 308 Savage 99 and could not be more impressed with their ability to hold zero shot after shot, year after year.

    Great value for the money. They haven't given me a reason not to like them.
  15. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    Depends on what and where one hunts

    When I used to hunt the open MI bean fields with my .30 Wea, I used Leupold 3.5-10 and 4.5-14. Then, I switched to a Wea. Mark V in .270 Win and limited my shots to 300 yards or less. For that, a simple Tasco 4X was awesome. I never had to rezero. I know...extreme choice, but so was the distance varience extreme.

    Now, I hunt with pistol only...my next and final point...do NOT overlook the T/C scopes...they are strong, take a beating and do not lose zero. Finally, they are right for your price range. T/C does make both pistol and rifle scopes, I think in the following powers: 1X; 4X and 3X-9X, both standard and illuminated.


  16. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    My Simmons AETEC was just plain crap for repeatability. It'd not LOSE zero so much as it wouldn't adjust to the same place if you needed to switch zero betwen different loads.
  17. IThunter

    IThunter Well-Known Member

    i am also a firm believer in you get what you pay for when it comes to scopes...my bushnell sportsviews is dark and gray when compaired to my new Nikon Buckmaster...and the only reason i have the bushnell is because it was on the rifle when i bought it.
  18. MAUSER88

    MAUSER88 Well-Known Member

    Maybe a little more than you want to spend, but the Bushnell 3200 Elite is a real nice scope at just under $200.00 Cheaper Than Dirt had them in stock and for a good price.
  19. rockstar.esq

    rockstar.esq Well-Known Member

    Totally Controversial Opinion

    Unlike the otheres here, I won't flog you for not foregoing your meals for a month in order to have the Uber tacticool future vision scope. However I do belive that once you experience the cream of the crop, the humble offerings are much less stimulating. Clarity and adjustability are the two most obvious differences one will likely notice. That said. I for one absolutely hate this trend where every hunting rifle must be equipped with adjustable turrets capable of allowing you to "shoot the square" ad nauseum. The price points on scopes with rangefinding functions are abnoxiously high. It seems that in order to make a shot one must have the hottest magnum chambering with a high power scope that get's "dialed in" only after laser rangefinding down to the nanometer! If you have the personal restraint and patience to establish a zero with your rifle and a given load. I believe you can hit just as well without bankruptcy. If you think about it, there are more quality optics in your mid range cameras and their prices are often well below that of scopes who have fewer moving parts. I know that a camera doesn't have to tolerate recoil but all things considered, the quality of reticles hasn't improved nearly as much as the lens quality has. Seems to me that somewhere along the line, shooters bought into the notion that you simply must meet or exceed the cost of a rifle in order to obtain worthy optics. Precision is not the same as consistency. Everyone can shoot a one hole group with only one shot. Who cares if the "click" isn't perfectly 1/4" at 100. Most shooters can't shoot that difference offhand, many rifles couldn't do that with the rifle in a vice! I say buy what seems reasonable to you. Don't assume that an imprecise mechanism can't be relied upon for repeatability. AK's are a great example of this concept.
  20. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    How does our suggesting that it's better to drop $125 on a used Buckmaster or $150 on a used Monarch instead of dropping $100 on a pimped-out Leapers get you to this statement?

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