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Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by Morrey, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. Morrey

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    My new Bergara HMR rifle needs a scope, so I'm in the market to buy something reasonably priced for this .308.

    I have Zeiss and Swarovski on other rifles I own, so I am familiar with their quality....AND their prices. So I'm looking for a $1,000 - $1,500 scope (or in that range) that allows me to hunt hogs in the evening during low light conditions.

    I need: 30 mm tube, 50 or 56 mm objective, illuminated reticle. Not fond of mil dot reticles - prefer thin center cross hairs (or a dot in the center of the crosshairs) that illuminate.

    I have a buddy who suggests a Nightforce SVT in the $1k price range. Comments on this scope?

    Any other suggestions for a scope that will go from the bench to punch holes, then go to the field to hunt? THANKS!!
     
  2. Gordon

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    This one seems perfect for your reqirements. I have a NXS Nightforce thats 10 years old and is a great optic with zero complaints.

    I would stick to second plane focus which I like better for game hunting , especially when illuminated. I don't think the SVT are illuminated
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    (disclaimer, I seem to have a goofy taste in optics)
    A friend of mine has an SHV 4-14x50, and another has a big ATACR, not sure which one tho.
    Ive looked thru the SHV enough to say that I like it. Tho honestly I don't think it's optically any better than my Athlon Ares BTR, or Midas BTR, which cost less.
    I only messed with the ATACR for a few mins, and took one shot, but that scope was obviously better optically than any that I've got.

    Given THOSE experiences I think any, correctly sized, and powered, Nightforce would honestly be a good option.

    Another scope I've got that I really like is the GPO Passion 3-9x42. If I buy another, more expensive scope, I'm probably going to try one of their 6x series 2.5-15s
     
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    Why?
     
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    It is and a great price for a top quality optic. I have similar on my .300 Blackout 16" barrel AR . It is not illuminated which makes it less usefull for true dark hunting periods, if that is an issue. It also is not a punch holes in targets from the bench scope as OP requested. It is a super deal tho. The 2-10x40mm one for $499 is also.
     
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    While I do agree with you guys, that's an excellent hunting scope for a good price. It would look out of place on an HMR.
     
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    Those lightweight Razors are 1" tubes not 30 mm as requested. I think he wants a 3-15 or 4-14 or similar range and a 50 mm objective for low lght
     
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    @Walkalong, wow! Those are amazing prices from Eurooptic, kind of too good. They have the prices wrong for some of the models they're showing. For example this one. The MSRP is $3,400 and not $2,500 as shown so if they're really selling the 42706 for $1,850 that's an amazing deal. For anyone ordering from them, I would strongly suggest speaking to someone to confirm that you're getting what you think you're getting.

    I'm going to buy one of those 42706 or 42708 scopes soon so I've been looking at prices. I like Vortex's higher end stuff and don't regret buying the three Viper PST models that I have which are kind of middle of the road. They're good value for money and I've had no issues with any of them. They perform well in a box test too.
     
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    There is no need for a 50mm or larger objective unless you're using a scope of 10x or greater. Even in low light
     
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    I’ve never heard a bad thing about the nightforce shv’s, buy with confidence

    If you want a good scope and don’t mind the weight, those eurooptic prices are great on a vortex razor gen ii. I have the 3-18 that I use in prs matches and used to shoot a deer two years ago, it is heavy but very nice

    The reticle is not overly busy and is easy to read/comprehend and has a pretty fine center so that at 18x it doesn’t feel big, but is very useable at lower power including 3x

    Look at ga precision as well, they have good prices on bushnell optics https://www.gaprecision.net/ga-store/optics.html

    There are a lot of good to great optics in your price range, look at the reticles and specs and that meet what you want/like and go for it
     
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