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Now That I have a rifle coming,

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

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  1. grubbylabs

    grubbylabs Member

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    What scope to I get. I think I am going to have to get a cheap one for now and then get a really good one. So for now about 150 with 200 being on the very high end.
     
  2. patsygarret

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    dont know what type of shooting you will be doing but burris,nikon, bushnell elite 3200 and even leupold could get you a 4x or 3x9 for roughly that price. you will hear spend as much as you can on glass, and its true. dont skimp on the scope. i would personally stay away form chinese made optics. Have Fun.
     
  3. PT1911

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    and the rifle is? and the purpose is? sorta important things to know..
     
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    I would also recommend looking at the Super Sniper scopes. Horrible name, but darned good glass starting at $300. A little over what your thinking to start, but I bet it would be a scope you would stick with.
     
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    Purpose, barrel length, cartridge?
     
  6. grubbylabs

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    OOps forgot to mention, it is a hunting rifle and will be used for that. Elk, Deer, bear. Will have a possibility of 200 plus yard shots regularly. I know I should spend as much as possible but for right now I need to stay on the cheep just so I can shoot it and then is a few months I will spend the dough and get a good one. I really want something like a Leupold 4X12 but they are just out of range at the moment.
     
  7. PT1911

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    Look into the bushnell elite series (I have 2)... Great scopes that are well worth the money... there are also great options available from Nikon in your price range... I would go with a 3x9 or possibly a 4x12 for your stated purposes. DO NOT SKIMP on the rings and mounts!!!
     
  8. patsygarret

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    I would look into the leupold rifleman line. it is right at the top end of your limit but i just checked SWFA and the 3x9 is around 199 and the 4x12 is 239.00. Other than that i would have no problem with the other i listed but you will have a thousand replys on whats the best. These are just scopes that i have felt were worth my money, good light gathering and above all consistent.
     
  9. PT1911

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    Nothing wrong with the riflemans, but I think they are a bit overpriced for what they are... the new Redfield line comes in at a cheaper price and good quality... I actually picked one up myself today... I would take it over the rifleman at the same price and it is 50 bucks less... for 200 bucks, I would DEFINITELY take a 3x9 Bushnell Elite 3200 over the rifleman.
     
  10. hometheaterman

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    After having 2 Leupold VX-I's I wouldn't buy a Leupold unless you got a super duper price on one. That being said if you want one I have 2 I'd like to sell. One is a 2x7x33 that just went into Leupold for repair and will be for sale when I get it back. The other is a 3x9x40mm I'd like to sell too.

    Honestly, the best scope I've tired is a Burris Fullfield II. I absolutely 100% love it. It's way clearer than the Leupold VX-I's, way better in low light, and seems to actually hold zero when shooting. I'd highly recommend it. You can get them right under $200.

    Another option I haven't personally used but wouldn't hesitate to try is the Vortex Diamondback. I've read nothing but great things about them.

    If you want really cheap you could go with a cheap Simmons to get you by. However, I think the Burris or Vortex would be a great choice that you probably wouldn't ever need to upgrade.
     
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    Isn't the Redfield supposed to basically be re badged Rifleman? I wouldn't purchase on those either. If you read the Redfield thread here you can see Snakum on here has had problems with his changing the POI with different magnification levels. Then when they did a review of scopes under $200 the Redfield was one of them. They also had issues with it changing the POI at different magnification levels. Personally I wouldn't want a scope that did this when I could get a much clear, much better scope like the Vortex or Burris for not all that much more.
     
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    BTW I should also mention that Amazon has a great price on the Bushnell 4200. It's like $230 or $240 or something for the 3x9x40. That's a heck of a scope too.
     
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    swfa.com had Nikon Team Primos (which is a rebadged Nikon Monarch) for
    $199. I have one and love it. I put it on an Thompson Icon .243.
    I had about the same price range. It has the bdc that takes some getting use to.
     
  14. PT1911

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    rifleman's are chinese made with Leupold's name stamped on... the Redfields are US made in Oregon and ring in at 150 bucks... for that price, I think it is ahead of most. For another 50 bucks.. I would opt for the bushnell elite offerings or possibly a nikon.

    i am personally not a fan of the burris but that is just my preference.
     
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    Always been a Simmons (44 Mag.) fan.

    There is a rule of thumb that the glass should cost you half the price of the gun. I personally don't subscribe to that, but...

    PAK
     
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    Nikon Prostaff
     
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    Another good choice I forgot to mention.
     
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    I found a deer field on evilbay for less than 20. It is a 4x so I think that will work fine for initial shooting and then when my wife recovers from the shock of 3 guns inside of one month I will get a nice scope.

    what say you all about Pentax scopes are they as good as their other optics?
     
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    You novice! Man-Law 201 is in session...

    To a turkey every stump is a man and to a deer every man is a stump. To a women every AR is the same as a Krag. And a scope you can hide in a deep pocket.

    Al
     
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    Pretty easy to pick up a used VXII Leupold 3-9 for 175-200.00

    Keep it in good shape and if you change your mind a year or two down the road you'll get your money back out of it fairly easily.

    New Redfields or the Bushnells mentioned would be worth considering. Stay away from the off brands.
     
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    New, a Nikon pro-staff 3-9x is probably your best bet in that price range.

    That said, unless you have another rifle you plan to move that scope to when you upgrade, I'd just save your pennies and buy what you want the first time. It ends up being more economical in the long run. How many times have you bought something cheap just to get by, only to later end up buying the quality product that you wouldn't spend the coin on the first time? You just end up having wasted the initial investment on the cheaper product.
     
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    Waever fixed 6X. IMHO when you're buying a a cheaper scope it's best to buy something with the least bells and whistles. I wish Redfield would have come out with a line of fixed powered scopes.
     
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    Another vote for super sniper.

    I have no idea what model it was, I didn't own it.
     
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    I own a Super Sniper 10x and I agree it's a great scope for the money. However I wouldn't think it would be good for his application though. First off it is a fixed 10 power, probably not the best idea for hunting ecpecially when your talking about dangerous game. Second is price. I don't understand why but when someone says that $200 is at the very high end of his price range why would suggest a scope that starts at $300? I mean even for the 10x with rear focus that's a third more than he said he is able to spend not including rings and bases. There are plenty of other good choices out there in his price range and quite a few have been mentioned in this thread.

    I vote for the Nikon Team Primos, it's a great scope and I really don't think you would need to replace it in the future if you could afford to get some good rings as well. For $199 I find it pretty hard to beat in quality vs price. If that ends up being too much I would go with a 3X9 Nikon Prostaff. It is just as bright as my Super Sniper and holds zero well. I have one on a .17hmr and my dad has one on a .223 and another on a .243. All three have been great scopes.
     
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