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Scope for .223 Savage

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by LubeckTech, Jul 4, 2013.

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  1. LubeckTech

    LubeckTech Member

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    I just got a Savage model 10FP in .223 and would like some input on getting a decent scope. I have been shooting it with a 3-9 tasco with success but want some better glass. I am wanting something 4x or so to 16x maybe 24x FFP with MilDot reticle in the $250.00 - $325.00 price range. Bascially I'm looking for the best value for groundhog size targets in the 100 - 500 yard range. I am currently considering a Millett TRS-1.
     
  2. Jackal

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    Check out the Nikon Prostaff 4-12x40 BDC, only about $220. They also make a 3.5-14 for an extra $100.:rolleyes:
     
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    Midway has a Nikon Buckmasters 6-18 mildot scope that can usually be had for around $300. Great scope and a lifetime warranty.
     
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    Check Natchez for their Burris 4.5X14X42 with the ballistic plex reticule. Some times they run a package deal with a binocular or spotting scope.

    The Fullfield II is a quality scope that has a "Forever Warranty".

    Mine has served on several rifles up to 308 Win .223 Rem,22 Hornet.

    Unless you are dead set on a mildot the BDC's or Plex type are easier to ,(for better word) do the math, mildots really don't compute (in my mind) to yards and I find it easier to zero my loads with the tick marks on the BDC's or Plex types.

    Also those dots cover the view on small targets at longer distances in less than perfect lighting.
     
  5. HexHead

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    Bass Pro has the M-223 at $80 off though tomorrow. It's calibrated for a 55gr .223 @ 3200fps. They have it with the bullet drop reticle, but I'd get it with the Nikoplex, it has turrets marked in yardage, you just dial in your distance. Nikon also has a ballistics calculator app for dialing in any load.
     
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    You can also get a Simmons Whitetail scope for around $109.00 w/ plain reticle, or $129.00 with mil/reticle. I have one on my .223 Rem. and also on my Rem. 22-250, able to shoot as far as I can see. No high $ scope, but will still do the job. YMMV
     
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    I have a Savage 12FV that wears a Mueller 6-14x 50AO scope that I really like.
     
  8. chaser_2332

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    If $325 is your budget skip the FFP, all those worth having are going to be above your price range.
     
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    Bushnell 3200 fixed 10 power power mil dot. We shoot f class with them out to 1000 yds. Rugged, simple to learn. Best, Joe
     
  10. LubeckTech

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    From what I've been reading reading FFP is something I would forgo in favor of better glass and durability. It seems like FFP would be really desireable if you did a lot of zooming in and out - I usually don't change magnification that much once I get a scope settled in except on the 1-4 Millett on my 300 blackout.
     
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    Another shameless plug for the P223 from Nikon.
     
  12. chaser_2332

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    I understand your desire to have a FFP scope, all of mine are. However on your budget There isn't a scope I would trust enough to put on a rifle that is FFP. With a small budget there are still plenty of decent scopes that will get you on target. I personally would go with the bushnell 10x if your wanting to learn mil/mil system. Its well under your budget, has mildot reticle as well as mil adjustments. They track spot on and have decent enough glass. Scopes are not something you want to skimp out on you if your on a tight budget put that money toward what matters in a scope, tracking and durability.
     
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    Anything with low recoil like a 223 I use a Nikon Prostaff. Almost always 3x9-40 but sometimes I wait for a model change and buy a Monarch or move over to a Leupold when the calibers are larger. or the shot is longer.
     
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    Bushnell would be my choice.
     
  15. LubeckTech

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    Is there much difference in durability between fixed and variable magnification scopes?
     
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    In a well made yet common scope, there may be no reason to ever expect one to expire in a life time. One that is cared for anyway.
     
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    I agree with the one or two other people that have already said it, but in that price range you can't get a decent scope that is going to be FFP. IMO I'd go with one of the fixed power SWFA MRAD scopes in that price range for a rifle like that. IMO, the next step up would be an SWFA SS 3-9x42 FFP, but it's $600. You can also get a FFP Falcon Menace scope for a reasonable price, but the durability is not going to be anywhere near as good as the SWFA's. IMO the SWFA scopes are about the best you are going to get for a tactical rifle if you are on a budget. You can get better scopes from Nightforce, S&B, Premier, USO, etc, but they are double to triple the price and not double to triple the quality.

    That said, it really depends on what you are doing with the rifle. From the sounds of your post if what I'm thinking you plan to do with this rifle is correct, 98% of the scopes suggested in this thread will be a waste of money. If you want to hunt especially at short ranges as in 300 yards and under go with a Burris, Nikon, etc. IMO after having several of the $2-300 range scopes, the best of the budget hunting scopes is Burris, but others like other brands as well.

    However, if you want to shoot long range, or purely target shoot, you don't want any of those. The BDC reticle is a joke, and more of a gimmick for people that want to think that they can shoot long range, but never really do and have no idea what it takes. What you want in a long range scope is repeatable turrets. Mil/Mil also makes things much easier. I personally like the 3-15 power range or 4-16 and feel like it fits nearly everything perfectly as it's a good do it all scope. However, that will also be hard to find in your budget. My advise is to check out SnipersHide.com and read up on there. If you want to read about successful long range shooting, that's the place to be and you will notice that it's very rare that you see anyone there with a Nikon sitting on top of their rifle.
     
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    If you are not scared of buying a used optic I would check out SWFA's samplelist.com. They have some pretty good deal pop up on there if you check back regularly. I have bought from them and have nothing but good things to say.
     
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    I will probably get a Vortex when all is said and done. After much research I have not seen any complaints about them and the warranty makes me feel good about buying a used one.
     
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