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Need recommendations for short-medium range whitetail gun scope

Discussion in 'Long Gun Sights and Accessories' started by B1gGr33n, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. B1gGr33n

    B1gGr33n Member

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    I live in an area where deer hunters are limited to shotguns and pistols. The area I hunt the most is heavily wooded, 75 yard shots at most, usually 30-50 yards. Occasionally, I'll go to my buddy's place to help him fill a tag or two. Shots usually range from 75-125 yards, but as far as 200.

    The scope will be going on an AR15 pistol with a 10.5" 300 Blackout upper. I've only shot it with iron sights out to 100 yards so far, but it's holding good groups with Federal Fusion 150gr loads.

    I'd like to get a scope that's 1-(4, 6, or 8) power. I don't really have a preference for a particular reticle, but it needs to have an etched reticle. I don't want to be changing batteries in the field. Doesn't need tactical turrets or anything super fancy. I just need it to be solid, reliable, and affordable. I have a budget of $300 max. Would prefer a new scope at that price, but will consider a used one from a brand that offers a lifetime warranty.

    What do you guys recommend?
     

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  2. MisterNoisy

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    Primary Arms has a good 1-6x ACSS reticle scope here. Alternately, here's a 3x prism. Both are under $300. They also have a 1-4x for way less cash. I have two PA optics and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
     
  3. dh1633pm

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    I used Leatherwood CMR in the same situation. They have been discontinued by the maker. But there are many in the same category. B1gGr33n indicates Primary Arms, but don't forget Vortex, Nikon, Burris, Bushnell, and many others in the same category. Like anything, first determine what you want to buy, and then who you want to buy it from. I did like the etched glass on the CMR. I didn't much use it with the reticle illuminated, no need during the day. Mine is mounted on my Ruger Mini 6.8.
     
  4. Skylerbone

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    Might I ask if you're truly wanting etched or just not illuminated only? I understand not wanting a scope with dead batteries and NO reticle, but some have a reticle with a portion that lights up, and many scopes still use wire reticles.
     
  5. JeeperCreeper

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    I'm a fan of ultra-budget optics for things that aren't super sniper work... You look hard enough, you can find that many are made in the same factory as the "higher end" ones since most are imported

    Here's a Centerpoint 1-4x20 with etched reticles and not illuminated for $60. Shouldn't have any problems on a 300BLK pistol.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AL1Y2IY/ref=s9_acsd_hps_bw_c_x_2_w

    I'd also say that if you're OK with a 2-7 or similar magnification, you can find alot better options for the price. I like Redfield as they are made my Leupold.
     
  6. jmr40

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    Leupold VX-1 in a 1-4X20. I'd get the heavy duplex
     
  7. Skylerbone

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    Yes but that particular Leupold isn't an etched reticle thus the reason I questioned terminology.
     
  8. Bones741

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    Vortex 1-4 crossfire with the vbrite reticle fits the bill. My brother has the 1-6 strike eagle and likes it.

    http://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-crossfire-ii-1-4x24mm-riflescope.html

    Leupold 1-4 hod Hunter is also nice. I have a Weaver 1-3 on my 30-30 that works well too. Umm I have a vortex diamondback 1.75-6 as well and like that alot. All good options.
     
  9. plbour

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    I've got a aimpoint on mine and it does the job. But for a variable optic I highly suggest the vortex strike eagle 1-6. Also check out A&A Optics online. They sell scopes that Vortex has refurbished that still keep Vortex's VIP warranty. I purchased one last month for $220. and it looked brand new and has functioned flawlessly.
     
  10. B1gGr33n

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    Good question. I just assumed that scopes with illuminated reticles were either etched or nothing. Didn't know they could illuminate wires. In regards to your question, I don't want a scope that only works with batteries. There must be a permanently viewable sighting system.

    I want a scope with 1x at the low end for close-up work. I don't like 2x at anything closer than 50 yards, I prefer to maximize my field of view and I like to shoot with both eyes open at close ranges. You could say I'm basically looking for a non-magnified optic that doesn't need batteries to function.
     
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  12. Skylerbone

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    At $300 you're dangerously close to, and by that I mean $13 away from a Leupold VX-3i 1.5-5 X 20 duplex. If we can't persuade you to go 2-7 X then that would be my suggestion.

    To clarify my earlier question, I was asking whether a scope (non-illuminated) needed to have an etched reticle for you to consider it as most are still wire. There definitely are illuminated scopes with reticles visible when the battery dies, just changed the battery in one tonight, a cheap Bushnell.

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    I don't know of a scope in your price range that is true 1x. I'd up the ante and get a VX-R.
     
  14. eastbank

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    i.v had a 1x4 -20 verx 11 leupold on a 444 marlin Winchester timber carbine for years and it is a heavy kicker with the loads I use, with no problems at all and 1-2x is more than enough power at close woods hunting ranges. eastbank.
     
  15. B1gGr33n

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    I ended up going with the Centerpoint from Amazon, and so far I'm pleased with it. I really like the dotted-ring reticle, and even though I can tell it's not quite a true 1x (more like 1.25x), it works great at close range and doesn't throw me off when shooting with both eyes open. At 1x, I was able to get 3"-4" groups at 100 yards, which I figure is pretty good for a 3 moa dot. It's definitely minute-of-deer accurate. Thanks everyone for the input!
     

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