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What is the best of the bottom tier scope brands?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Mags, Mar 31, 2010.

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What is the best bottom tier scope in your opinion?

  1. BSA Optics

    18 vote(s)
    22.8%
  2. Center Point

    19 vote(s)
    24.1%
  3. Leapers

    4 vote(s)
    5.1%
  4. NC Star

    4 vote(s)
    5.1%
  5. UTG

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  6. Other (please post brand)

    33 vote(s)
    41.8%
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  1. Mags

    Mags Member

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    Let's find out what scope is the best of the worst,don't take offense if your scope is on the list. I just want opinions to see what others think of the bargain scopes, I for one love my bargain scope.
     
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  2. Z-Michigan

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    Barska, I think. I have a 4x32mm Barska that I paid no more than $20 for and it's surprisingly good.

    BTW, Leapers and UTG are the same company.
     
  3. Mags

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    I wonder what the other two folks who selected "other" had since they didn't post. :(
     
  4. Keauxbi

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    I have a Nikkon that seems to be working pretty well.
     
  5. hadmanysons

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    Other. My buddy has a Millet DMS on his AR and it's a sweet little scope. I also have a Konus scope that I am really happy with right now.
     
  6. walteray

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    Pentax, its on my 700 sps tactical, love it, holds its zero even under some pretty heavy loads for that gun. Im going to upgrade to a nikkon (i think its an upgrade) they cost only a couple hundred more and I get target turrets with it
     
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  7. azyogi

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    I have an 80's Simmons that just won't die or lose zero. When I bought it I planned to replace it when my youngest got out of school, she's got two of her own now. The damn thing just won't violate if it ain't broke don't fix it.
     
  8. Z-Michigan

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    Personally I wouldn't consider Nikon or Pentax as bottom tier. Jury's out on Millett and Konus too.

    When I think bottom tier, I think of companies that:
    -sell scopes for under $20
    -have little or nothing over $100
    -are found in "blister pack" packaging on racks at Walmart and chain sporting goods stores
     
  9. AirForceShooter

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    Intensity

    Have 2. Less than $100 each.

    AFS
     
  10. R.W.Dale

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    as long as you can buy the EXCELLENT sightron S1 3x9x40 for a little over $100 why in the world would you bother with any of the brands on this list
     
  11. dagger dog

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    I have had good luck with BSA, on rifles up to and including the .308 WIN. but I am also 62 years old and have cataracs:cool:.

    My favorite though is the Bushnell Sportsman under 75 bucks, and I do know that the Elite Series are some of the higher end scopes with great quality.
     
  12. gamestalker

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    Best scope for the money

    I'm a bench rest kind of guy, not professional, and a hunter as well. But when optics are the question I use only one brand and for many good reasons. Leupold will give you years of trouble free use, eye relief, water proof no matter the conditions, fog proof, clarity, and if anything happens, even if its your fault, they will repair or replace the optic without even charging shipping. Don't bargan buy optics unless you desire injuries to your face or eye, and like waiting for your glass to clear from the fog your nose causes on a cold morning. I dropped my rifle off the Mogion Rim bear hunting ( it was the gun or me, I chose the gun )and the scope was destroyed. I sent it to Leupold and 10 days later I got a brand new scope in the mail. I set my Leupold binoculars on the tire of my truck and inadvertantly forgot then drove over the top of them crushing them. Again, Leupold took care of me in the exact manner as above! Buy only Leupold. Not even the upper $ brands will treat you like that.

    [/QUOTE]" When seconds count, the police are only minutes away! "
     
  13. Mags

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    Sorry pal, Leupold has no place in this thread. All these scopes are the bottom barrel types. Hence the title "What is the best of the bottom tier scope brands?". Leupold is a top of the line "high dollar" scope company not to be associated with the ones on my thread title.
     
  14. R.W.Dale

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    I disagree


    A vx1 or rifleman isn't much more expensive than some products from the lowest common denominator brands you list. Unless this thread is about only the crappiest models from the crappy manufacturers listed.
     
  15. Mags

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    This thread is ajust that. basically the best of the worst type deal.
     
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    I voted other, and say Simmons.
     
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    I had a Bushnell Banner on a bolt action 30-30 that was pretty good. I have Nikons, Weavers, and Leopolds on every thing else. The low end scopes were just too much trouble. I stay in the $125-$200 range now.
     
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    I have a Center Point on an AR. It's an OK scope. It gets the job done and does it well enough that I'm not worried about rushing out to get something better.
     
  19. Arkansas Paul

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    I've heard a lot of negative comments about BSA but when I was 20 and broke, I put one on a NEF Handi Rifle in .280, and it's still on it. It's held it's zero pretty good. Don't get me wrong, I have a Leupold and a Nikon that's in an entirely different ballpark. The BSA hasn't been bad for $30 though. I keep saying I'm gonna put a better one on it, but every time I shoot it, it's spot on.
     
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    Other. Tasco. Got my 6-24x42mm mil dot varmint scope for 80 bucks and tax from wal marts site to store feature. Just because it isnt a Leupold doesnt mean it comes from a crappy manufacturer.
     
  21. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    I don't know, but the "best of the worst" is NOT BSA, low-end Simmons, or Tasco, IMO.

    Most likely the answer is Centerpoint, NC Star, low-end Bushnells, for "under-$100" scopes. Also, Millett, Barska, Mueller, and Swift seem decent, too.

    But it's not a particularly good *question* to ask - by all means, step up to at least $125-$150 (bare minimum) and get a Nikon Prostaff, Elite 3200, or Burris FF-2, and you've got a worlds better scope, for not much more, IMO.
     
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  22. jhansman

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    Take a look at the Yukon/Sightmark products. The Sightmark 4x32 scope I put on my Saiga .223 ($50) looks as clear and sharp to my aging eyes as others I've spent ten times as much for. Others who have peered through it make similar comments. I have owned both Simmons and BSA in the same price range, and the Sightmark is clearly (pun intended) superior.
     
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    I have a 3x9x40 Tasco World class scope, I bought on sale for $40 a couple of years back, and it had a $10 rebate on it....
    Since Bushnell bought the brand...I think they have improved a lot, better glass, brighter, sharper than the old days of cheap tasco's...
    Now, I wouldn't pay a dime for their buckhorn's or their other low end scopes....
    Spend twenty extra dollars and get a lot better scope......
    BSA, Simmons, Barska, and any bottom dollar scope will be bottom quality, too....
    Yes, you get what you pay for...but you can find deals out there, I just bought 10x40 Nikon binoculars for $50.....about 100 times the quality of $20 low end Bushnell's....
    The biggest thing in glass, is you can go to the store, and compare them, side by side.....
     
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    I'll put in a vote for the Bushnell Banner. I have a 1-4x that's been on two ARs and now on a Marlin 60 .22, it's a great scope, not a true 1x but very clear and sharp and it's held up under some good abuse. I paid around 70 bucks for it from Midway. It has the Circle-X reticle which I really like.
     
  25. Arkansas Paul

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    I do have an old Bushnell sportview 4x32 that's been on a rifle for I know is at least twenty-two years old. I got the rifle (used) for Christmas when I was 8 years old in 1988, and it was on it then. It's never failed or lost zero. I've dropped it a time or two and had to readjust it, but that's not the scope's fault.
    Of course it is on a .22 mag so it's not subject to any recoil. That's probably got a lot to do with it.
     
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