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Decent scope for about $200?

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  1. Sniper66

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    I'm helping my sis-n-law buy a .243 (her choice) to shoot deer on her property and coyotes that kill her chickens. I would like your thoughts on a decent scope for about $200, that's the budget. I've had Nikon Prostaff 3-9X, which is well under that budget, but I didn't like it and sold it So, no need to suggest that one. I'll appreciate your ideas. Tom
     
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    What kind of reticle does she want and does she want a fixed or variable power scope?
     
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    Another site preaches, under power - over glass. What they are saying, buy better glass at lower power.
    https://www.chuckhawks.com/index2i.scopes_optics.htm

    I have had great experience with Leupold glass. I have not used the following, but it is in your range:
    https://www.amazon.com/Leupold-VX-F...nements=p_89:Leupold&rnid=2528832011&sr=8-152

    I do use the following (4x in my case on a 30.30). All the glass you could ever ask for. A fixed 6x is the essence of simplicity and durability. The 6x should pair nicely with a 243 depending on range (you might consider a 4x depending on your property). Remember, the USMC had used a fixed 10x for their sniper teams to 1000 yards. Power is not always the pinnacle. This is beyond your stated price point, but not outrageously.
    https://www.amazon.com/Leupold-FX-I...ts=p_89:Leupold&rnid=2528832011&sr=8-180&th=1
     
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    Underpowered, overglassed (thanks @rabid wombat), and you can't go wrong with a Leupold. I would buy a new or used Leupold 3-9x40.
     
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    another rule of thumb about glass...”buy once, cry one”....

    the good stuff is not cheap...
     
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  9. Walkalong

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    For hunting? Amen.
     
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    Agreed, but as long as they stay at $200 or more, they will get a good scope. Even better if they catch a sale with a normally 200 plus dollar scope.
     
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    For budget options, my favorite that I've had so far is Primary Arms. This is what I have on my 223 Weatherby Vanguard:
    https://www.primaryarms.com/primary-arms-4-16x44-sfp-riflescope-mil-dot-reticle

    I also have a Weaver Kaspa Tactical and Mueller APV. Both are good for the price but IMO the eye box on both is noticeably less forgiving than the PA. Part of the reason I have chosen the ones I have is I want adjustable parallax, which is not really available on some of the better known brands in this price range. The Mueller in particular has a very good reputation as a budget option over at Rimfire Central, though it isn't just a rimfire scope (and 243 is no powerhouse).

    Outside of that, here are a few I've never owned but heard good things about:

    Athlon Talos 3-12
    Leupold VX-Freedom 3-9
    Burris Fullfield II 3-9
     
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    Leupold VX-Freedom is $199 in most places. That is never a bad choice. I find $200 MSRP to be where decent starts. I'd not feel the least bit handicapped with the Leupold or most any of the $200 scopes. And if you can find one discounted for less great.

    The Burris FF-II has a $199 MSRP but I see them at $150-$160 at times. I wouldn't buy anything with less than $200 MSRP though.

    You can spend more and get some other features, one with one of the less common magnification ranges, a fancy reticle or long range dials etc.
     
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    +1
     
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    What, no love for Vortex? Crossfire II can be had for $200 or less.

    Regardless of your choice, try Scopelist site and make a reasonable offer for the one you want. It's worked well for me. https://www.scopelist.com
     
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    Cabela's frequently put the Burris Fullfield E1 scopes on sale for $150. The glass is MUCH nicer than the Fullfield 2 (sniped sales and got both for that price to compare), but be aware that they usually have 30mm tubes.
     
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    I wanted to upgrade the cheap Simmons scope on my Savage .270. The clerk talked me into a Vortex Diamondback 4x12x40. Bright clear optics edge to edge, great warranty. Mounted it up, sighted it in and I liked it so well I bought and mounted up another one on my Tikka .243. I think Vortex Diamondback is a great scope for under 200.00 !!! hdbiker
     
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    No Chicom stuff
     
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    When I worked the gun counter at Cabela’s our Burris rep said they have the same glass, and it sure seemed that way to me.

    It’s been a good while but I’ve owned both.
     
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    Compare the eye relief, eye box and glass clarity in low light between a Crossfire and Fullfield. For most people there is an easy winner.
     
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    I emailed Burris to ask them, and got a reply that the E1 has better glass. Within 100 yards, I can't tell the difference. I had a harder time seeing a 6" splatter target at 200 yards through the Fullfield 2, than seeing 10" steel at 400 yards through the E1. YMMV.
     
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    To my eyes the Diamondback is a decent scope and much much better than a Crossfire. In fact the only area where I feel the Fullfield and Freedom are better are in low light and the difference isn’t huge. If I were going to dial, I don’t, I’d probably take a Diamondback over a VX-Freedom.
     
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    They very well could have upgraded the glass on the E1.
     
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    I had a 2-7 on my 30-30 and on my daughter’s .243. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one again.
     
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