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Which Scope?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by skynyrd1911, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. skynyrd1911

    skynyrd1911 Well-Known Member

    I'm fixing to scope a Remington Model 7400 .270. What power scope do ya'll prefer and brand? I'm leaning toward a 3x9x40 Burris........Thanks
  2. Jackal

    Jackal Well-Known Member

    I would say a 2-7 power range compact scope. The compact, smaller scopes really look great on that rifle, whereas the larger 3-9's look odd and out of place.
  3. .41Dave

    .41Dave Well-Known Member

    It really depends on your budget and planned uses for the rifle. For a general purpose/hunting rifle, I'd go with a 3-9x40 or 2-7x35 variable scope. The recommendations that follow are for a hunting/general purpose rifle.

    Things to avoid:
    Cheap scopes - Optics is one of those areas where you generally get what you pay for.
    Doodads - You do not need target turrets, mil-dot reticles, 30mm scope tubes, illuminated reticles, adjustable objectives, or "tactical" anything, unless you absolutely know without a doubt that you want/need it for the type of shooting you are going to do and will use it. A lot of people pay a lot extra for these doodads and never get any real use out of them.
    Over-scoping - Many people seem to think strapping an astronomical observatory to their rifle is the way to go, but a $300 plain-vanilla 3-9x40 scope will have better optical quality and better resolution than a $300 scope with higher magnification. It will be a LOT better than a $300 scope with high magnification and assorted doodads. Also, heat wave distortion can be an issue with higher magnifications. A clear, bright, sharp image at 9x beats a hazy image at 16x any day.

    For a good scope on a budget, you can't beat the Burris Fullfield II. You can get one for $150 to $175 if you shop around. This is the scope I put on my daughter's deer rifle when I wanted a good scope that would enable her to enjoy hunting but wouldn't break the bank in case she decided hunting wasn't her thing.

    If you want to step up a notch, the Nikon Monarch, Weaver Grand Slam, Leupold VX II or the Bushnell Elite 4200 scopes are all good choices and should be around $300. My personal choice in this range would be the Bushnell Elite 4200.

    If you can afford a bit more ($400), the Zeiss Conquest is a superb scope with outstanding clarity and resolution. You would have to pay almost twice as much to find a scope with better optical quality. This is what I have on my deer rifle. It is the best scope I have ever owned, and unless I suddenly become rich enough to afford a Schmidt & Bender or Zeiss Diavari costing $1300+, I doubt I will ever feel the need to upgrade.
  4. K.L.O.sako

    K.L.O.sako Well-Known Member

    i agree with dave on the doodads i lived with a tactical scope on a rifle one deer season and hated every minute on the ground. target turrents get knocked off too easy, fine in a tree stand though.just check before you shoot
  5. islandphish

    islandphish Well-Known Member

    I just did the big scope search myself. I did a lot of comparative looking at Sportsman's Warehouse.

    The Burris Fullfield didn't hold up.

    My preference was for the Sightron S1 or S2 over the Burris. Also, the Sightron seemed clearer than the comparably priced Leupolds (Rifleman and VX-1, the bottom two in the Leupold line).

    Nikon Monarch was definitely nicer than any of the above. but not by a lot and was 100-170$ more.

    I ended up buying the SII. 3-9x42

    210$ to my house.

    btw, Burris Signature rings are the bomb.
  6. skynyrd1911

    skynyrd1911 Well-Known Member

    I must add that my budget is around $200
  7. .41Dave

    .41Dave Well-Known Member

  8. Houser52

    Houser52 Well-Known Member

    I have a Sightron SI and like it as good as my Vari X II. It's clear and has a lifetime warranty. The price is right too.
  9. skynyrd1911

    skynyrd1911 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the imput guys. Just got back from Sportsman Warehouse. Came home with a 2x7x32 Nikon Prostaff. $129 It's sorta compact. Base $19.99 Rings $24.99 Plus tax $12.25 Grand total $187.22 mounted and bore sighted. Can't wait to get to the range tomorrow (after the youngest grandson's pee wee football game). Again, Thanks to all........:)

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