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Scope Advice!

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by newfie8, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. Sep 25, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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    newfie8

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    Buying a 30-06 Savage Rifle next week and i know zero about scopes. I'm looking at the Leupold VX 2 3-9x40! Any thoughts?
     
  2. Sep 25, 2011 at 4:30 PM
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    meatman

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    Leupold make a really good scope. My bro has one on his 30-06 and he loves it. I run a Nikon 3x9x50 on my Tika T3 in 308. I hunt in mostly dense woods so i wanted a little more light gathering
     
  3. Sep 25, 2011 at 4:31 PM
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    How much you wanting to spend?
     
  4. Sep 25, 2011 at 4:36 PM
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    I have 3, great scopes...
     
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    This then double it... J/K but do buy the best scope you can afford. A good (old) rule of thumb was/is to spend at least as much on glass as on your gun.
    Leopold makes some great stuff, but some of there bottom end stuff is starting to look very cheesy to me.
     
  6. Sep 25, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    $400 would be the max guys.
     
  8. Sep 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM
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    If you want a really good scope for the money, try a Burris.
    I just got a burris fullfield II for my 7mm-08 great scope, and i have one on my 10/22 as well.

    the scope on the 22, i have compared it to my stepdad's swarovski binoculars (i don't want to know how much they costed) and when i looked through each, the burris seemed clearer

    i am very happy with the performance of them, they work great. i also have a leupold, it is a good scope as well (its on a 30-06 as well). i believe that if you went with either of these you would be fine.

    a lot of the burris scopes are paired up with different things like binoculars, rimfire scopes, and spotting scopes

    i did this with a pair of binoculars and they are great.


    I wish they had had the spotting scope at that time, i would have got it instead

    like this here

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Burr...s&Ntt=burris&WTz_l=Header;Search-All+Products
     
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    This would be a very nice scope for the money mentioned.
     
  10. Sep 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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    Good suggestion here.
    I own a fair amount of quality sport optics and exactly zero are Leupolds.
    Cabelas has the discountinued Bushnell 4200 Elite for $199 US....great scope, much better than VX2.
     
  11. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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    i have two scopes. both leupold.

    one on my .257 wtby mag is a VXIII 3.5-10
    on my '06, i have a VXII 3-9. the VXIII seems brighter..it does have a bigger front objective.

    for the money, that Zeiss conquest is a very good scope too.
     
  12. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    What is the purpose of the rifle: Are you shooting paper or hunting?
    What will be the longest shot you will take?

    My suggestion is that if you are hunting and not planning on shooting beyond maximum point blank range of about 285 yards, then I would go with a 3-9x40.

    If you are shooting paper and want to max out your range, then go with a higher variable with a 50mm objective lens.

    Leupolds are a solid choice. Also look at the Bushnell Elite series of scopes. I have one of those on a rifle and really like it for the price.

    I am also a fan of Nikon Monarch and Buckmaster scopes.

    SWFA usually has really good prices on scopes.
     
  13. Sep 26, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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    You may also want to look at redfields for under $200 you get a great scope. And they are also made by leupold. I have a 4x12 on my savage .300 win mag and that scope has held up great to the abuse.
     
  14. Sep 26, 2011 at 1:50 PM
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    I will be hunting Moose and around 200 yards would be the max i'd say.
     
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    Remember, higher quality glass = more light drawn in. That extra 5 mins might make or break the hunt.
     
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    Got it! Thanks.. I really want to get this right the first time around.
     
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    I try to never spend a lot of money on scopes. I've had some $300-400 scopes , then decided to go with a cheap one for my muzzleloader. I paid $50 for a brand new Tasco and like it better than my expensive one. I'm not shootin 200 yards, though.
     
  18. Sep 26, 2011 at 7:09 PM
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    Save more money up then cause 400$ is going to get you crap, complete crap. Leopold makes pretty good, about on par with Nightforce. Schmidt and Bender by far making the best out there.
     
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    Why say this? To say he can't get a good scope for his needs for $400 is B.S. Sure, if you want to compare a $400 scope with a Nightforce, Schmidt and Bender or U.S. Optics - there is no comparison. Then again, to say Leupold is on par with Nightforce is also B.S. That's too general of a statement. The higher end Leupold scopes may be on par with Nightforce (not really, but close in my opinion), there is no way you can say a VX-1 or Leupold Rifleman is on par.

    The prupose of the rifle is not to defend his life. If it is like most hunting rifles out there, it really will not get shot that much. I would venture to say that most american game is killed by hunters that sit behind rifles wearing glass much closer to the $100 range than the $500 and up range.

    I believe you should spend as much as you can afford on glass. But to say you can't get a good scope for $400 is bad information.
     
  20. Sep 27, 2011 at 4:51 AM
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    Ok, you are correct. What I should have said is, you get what you pay for in quality and If I were in your shoes I would save a bit longer to get some higher end glass.

    Yes when I said Leupold was on par with Nightforce I was referring to their higher end stuff. I should have specified.
     
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