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New hunting Scope - Burris or Vortex

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AzBuckfever, Feb 24, 2010.

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  1. AzBuckfever

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    So, I've had some work done on my rifle
    It's a Remington 700 ADL 30-06. Minor work I had completed was cutting 2" off the barrel (20" barrel), glass bedded the stock, & cleaned..

    THANKS RALFUS!

    Now, gotta put a new scope on. I had a Leupold VariX III 4-12x15x30mm. I think that's what it was. Anyway, the objective was a little large for my tastes. Good light transmission but just looked weird on the rifle. I sold it so now, I've narrowed my options to Burris or Vortex. I've heard good things about both but thought I'd swing by here also. Between the 2, I've been looking at the Vortex Viper line and the Burris Fullfield II line. Would prefer a 30mm tube but does not need to be. Also....DO NOT LIKE ADJ. OBJECTIVES!!! Don't get them, so don't like them :)

    Parameters for new scope are approx. 4-12 w/ a 40mm obj. Just wondering if anyone has experience with either Burris or Vortex. I found a Vortex 6.5-20x44 w/ 30mm tube but I think the minimum power will be too much for my use (deer hunting).

    Any experienced opinions would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. ms6852

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    If you all you are using it for is hunting go with burris, if you intend on doing paper punching Vortex is the way to go especially with the pst. For hunting I prefer my Sightron Big Sky with a 4-16x42 or my Nikon Monarch 2.5-10X4W with BDC reticle. Both have excellent glass and warranties.
     
  3. Kernel

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    I vote for the Vortex. Better value, and they do offer a bullet-drop-reticle in the Viper line.
     
  4. lopezni

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    I have not been impressed with the clarity of Burris lenses in the $199-$299 price range
     
  5. AzBuckfever

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    I was also interested in a BDC but, not a big fan of the reticles which are just offered with the scope. i.e. Burris Ballistic Plex, Leupold Boone & Crocket, or Vortex Dead-Hold. All those reticles give you an estimate of where the bullet MAY hit, if you're rifle shoots in the variable of what ballistics the reticle is set-up for :) Leupold can make a custom reticle for what, $75 or so; but it takes it to 500 yds and remains based off of computer data rather than practical application. An old friend had a BDC dial on his Leupold VariX II but I never found out whether it worked well or not. Alledgedly, it was set up to shoot out to a 1,000 yds I think, but I also think that this figure is BS because they're shooting it off of computer formulas....not practical application. The furthest shot I've actually taken at an elk was 900+ yards....968 I think. I MISSED! no duh. The furthest kill shot was just a smidge over 600 yds. That's with no ballistic reticles, mil dots....blah blah blah. Just practice at the range of the relation between the duplex lines and the distance with my scope, so I had an idea of what and where to hold over. Now that I am older and have more experience, I wouldn't dare even touch a 600 yard shot....so maybe the Leupold could be the way to go.

    Anyway, so far, the feedback is good. Thanks.
     
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  6. hometheaterman

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    I love my Burris Fullfield II. My favorite scope I've used.

    Now, that being said I've read nothing but great things about the Vortex scopes and wouldn't hesitate to try one of those either. I just haven't gotten the chance to yet.
     
  7. AzBuckfever

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    Although it's not in my list of what to get, I think I found what I've been looking for (based on requested features). Nikon Monarch 5-20x44 with the Nikoplex. I'm a little skeptical about having that much variable in a zoom, but I also know that Nikon makes great glass and scopes, and I could not imagine that they would make a bang for the buck scope. That is some serious swag though with a difference of 15 in power :) Not that I'd ever use it about 6-7, but it would be nice to have 20 for those paper punching times.

    That being said, I've also started looking at just fixed power scopes...so wish me luck.
     
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    That's funny, because I was just gonna say that I was very impressed with Burris's low end scopes, like the Fullfield II. It pays to look through some glass before you buy, because everyone's eyes are different.
     
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    Burris fullfield II, I have 4 of them and couldn't be happier with them. All have the balistic-plex. Great glass and very rugged and dependable.
     
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    Thats not a good reason to dislike something. :)

    On higher power your scope will create abberations in the image you are looking at. The Adjustable objective helps to minimize these distortions.

    I know it isn't one of you choices, but the Nikon Monarch Gold line will be 30mm and fill the void nicely. The Burris II is a big step down, never heard of Vortex.
     
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    I love my Burris Fullfield II. I got mine off Ebay new in box for $125 and has performed great for me on a Win Model 70 7 Rem Mag.

    One thing though, and this applies to every bullet drop scope, test the hash marks out at different distances. I find that with a 200 yard zero using 150 grain handloads I can use the standard crosshairs all the way out to 300 and the "300" hash mark is dead on at 400.
     
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