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What is the **Best** scope for $200?

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  1. Rusty Luck

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    What is the est scope that $200(before tax) can buy? I was taking a hard long look at Redfield, any other sugestions? Please use specific models. Thanks guys. Oh and it will be put and a bolt action hunting rifle.
     
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    Nikon Prostaff is a great scope for under $200. Also,look at Redfield and Burris Fullfield.
     
  4. Haxby

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    1. Nitrex TR1
    2. Burris FFII, Burris FFE1, Vortex Diamondback, Nikon Buckmaster
     
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    I think the Redfields are hard to beat for <$200.

    I have a Revolution 3-9x40 on my 22 mag and love it.
     
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    I got the Burris and it's a quality unit, IMO.
     
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    Burris Fullfield II.
     
  8. Haxby

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    1. Nitrex TR1, Vortex Viper, Bushnell Elite.
    2. Burris FFII, Burris FFE1, Vortex Diamondback, Nikon Buckmaster.

    There are a lot of good 1.5-5, 2-7, 3-9 scopes out there for under $200.
     
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    "Best" for what?

    You've not specified the application nor have you said what magnification or if you need variable of fixed magnification.

    Without that information everyone's shooting in the dark.
     
  10. Rusty Luck

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    It's going on a .270 WIN rifle, used for deer hunting. I would be taking shots at around 100yards but out to 250-300yards at times.
     
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    this is what i would personally go with

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/149054/nikon-prostaff-rifle-scope-4-12x-40mm-mil-dot-reticle-matte


    it has up to 12 power for those occasional 250-300 yard shots but can go all the way down to 4 power for your shorter range shots..and its a nikon..you cant go wrong with a nikon


    its on sale through aug. 31 for 40 dollars off

    for 15 dollars off 100 code #AR15815

    for 25 off 200 code #AR15825

    these codes exclude sale items so they wont work for this scope but if you find another scope not on sale u save a little ..these codes should be good till aug 31st
     
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  14. jmr40

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    Since they have upgraded all their scopes, the Leupold VX-1. But only if it is a new 2012 production scope. The new scopes are click adjustable where older ones are friction adjustable on the VX-1's.

    The Redfield Reolution, and Burris are my next choices, actually my 1st choice if compared to the older VX-1, but the new Leupold is so much better and at the same price.

    Todays VX-1 is essentially the same scope as last years VX-2. With a $200 budget it is an easy choice.
     
  15. KC&97TA

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    Here's just my humble opinion, I have four around your price range.

    I was given a 6-24x42 Tasco once upon a time, turned out to be a decent scope that I mounted on a SAM-R Clone, turned out likeing it, so I ordered a 2.5-10x42 verson in (2007) for my DPMS TAC-20 .308, both have taken thousands of rounds. I've shot the TAC-20 side by side to the KAC SR-25 with a Schmidt and Bender 3-12x50, the S&B is a hell of a scope, but for a mil-dot Tasco that comes out a few times a year and doesn't see combat on regular occations... when my pockets paying for it and my life doesn't 100% depend on it $80.00 compared to $2600 is an easy choice, the S&B is worth every penny in clairity and light transfer, but the Tasco holds its own !

    Tasco Varmiter 2.5-10x42 http://www.opticsplanet.com/tasco-25-10x42-targetvarmint.html

    Tasco Varmiter 6-24x42 http://www.opticsplanet.com/tasco-25-10x42-targetvarmint.html

    I have 2 Nikon Buckmaster's in 4.5-14x40's on my bolt guns a BDC Reticle 30-06 (been underwater, drug through the woods and fell out of the back of a truck) and Mil-Dot Reticle on the .308, for a general target/deer rifle scope these are too pretty darn good scopes for the money. My only complaint is my own chooseing, wish for a deer rifle scope I'd gone with less magnification a 3-9x50 Nikon with the BDC would have been a better choice for my 30-06, maybe one day I'll get a .270 to transfer the current scope too.

    http://www.opticsplanet.com/s/nikon+buckmasters+4%2E5-14x40/

    Nikon Pro-Staff from Wally Mart run about $150 or so. Amazon has some decent deals on rifle scopes. Check out the reviews on the Nikon's I believe they're the best bang/buck on the market.
     
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    I am very happy with my Bushnell Elite 10x fixed power with mildot reticle.
    I have this on a .308 and regularly shoot accurately at 300 yards. Have had this for several years and fired many rounds with with zero problems. Nice and bright clear picture.
     
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    TXdefender, I get a malware threat detected from your link.
     
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    That's strange, it's a review of budget scopes posted buy a fellow far more knowledgeable in optics than I.
     
  20. Rusty Luck

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    Is the Redfield revolution better or the Redfield revenge? Thanks for all the suggestions! So the diamondback and leopold xv1 appear to be leading the race for me.
     
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    I have the Leupold Rifleman 3x9x40 on my .30-06 and I really like it. $199 at Wally World.
    The Burris Fulfield 2 is a great option for the money as well.
     
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    I have bought older used but like new Leupolds for two bill or less. Just picked up a nice vari X II 3-9x with rings for $125.
     
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    txdefender's link is fine on my computer. it may have an expired certificate or something minor. I link to it a lot. basically it compares these scopes:
    Burris Fullfield II 3-9x40
    Redfield Revolution 3-9x40
    Vortex Diamondback 3-9x40
    Nikon ProStaff 3-9x40
    Bushnell Elite 3-9x40

    and ranks them
    vortex
    burris
    bushnell
    redfield
    nikon

    Honestly, I have been pleased with every scope I have ever had, from tasco, leupold, burris, nitrex, original redfield, nikon, simmons, vortex. Right now I'd lean toward vortex or nitrex for the money, but as you can see, everybody has favorites. Heck, I keep expecting the tasco and simmons to give up, but they keep going and going, moving from one rifle to the next..... The only one that kind of disappointed me was leupold (I guess I was just expecting more) and the only one that ever messed up was a vortex that was off out of the box (I discovered that vortex has CS second to none)

    What I have learned (and this is a "duh" statement) is that the reticle matters. Not so much the overall shape as the thickness of the hairs. Thick is good when hunting, bad when punching paper, and it's kind of hard to tell how it's going to work out in the store.
     
  24. cheeze

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    The link opens without the warning now. Maybe the site was hacked or had some kind of problem at the time... who knows.
     
  25. Haxby

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    That article by Ilya Koshkin was great. It was written 2.5 years ago.

    Since then, the Nikon Prostaff has been upgraded, the Bushnell Elite 3200 discontinued, and the Redfield Revolution has had 2 price increases. Price on the Burris has come down.

    The Nitrex TR1 and Bushnell Elite 4200 (now simply Elite) were out of the price range (too high) for that test, but can currently be found for under $200.
     
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