Looking for good scope

pele

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May 20, 2009
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ken
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I found out the hard way about boats
Don't want to spend more than 400,tops.Will mount on a Browning BAR 30 06.Open to suggestions;dont know much about scopes except more $ is usually better.How can I get decent quality without breaking the bank?
 

Aggro

Keepin my pimp hand strong!
Mar 4, 2005
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Lots of nice scopes in that price range. Leupold, Nikon, Redfield. Best to stop by a store with an assortment and check them out yourself. What application will you be using it for? I'm guessing hunting?
 

FWebb

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Apr 24, 2012
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Forrest
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Ranger Z521 w/Yami SHO 250
Look at Vortex Viper. Might be a few bucks over 400 but well worth it. I have scopes that cost 5 times what the Vipers cost and I am very impressed with the Vortex Viper scopes...
 

surfgoose

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Jul 29, 2010
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Gary
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whichever has the longest bunk
I have a BAR in .270, and it is wearing a Nikon Monarch 3 riflescope, 2 - 8 x 32 with bullet drop circles. It cost $300 from L. L. Bean. I would strongly recommend it, even though you are willing to pay more money. Using 130gn Nosler Trophy Grade ammo it shoots extremely accurately, and the bdc circles in the scope make shooting at distance very easy. Sighted-in 1.6 inches high at 100 yards it is exactly at the crosshairs at 200 yards, the first circle down is just seven inches at 300 yards and the second circle down is 400 yards. The duplex crosshairs are very easy to see with a moving deer or coyote, and since I almost never take a shot beyond 300 yards I can essentially put the crosshairs on the top of the shoulder and kill whatever I am looking at. I wanted a lower profile with good light-gathering, and 2 - 8 power covers it nicely. The ballistics on your 30-06 are very similar.
 

shearwater2

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Mar 7, 2008
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Look at Redfield Accur-Range. They used to be alot cheaper but they are still very accurate.

Try Opticsplanet
 
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Outhouse

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Don't go cheap on the glass. Spend as much as you did on the rifle is my rule of thumb. Quality glass makes a huge difference, especially in low light.
 

Fyermanbob

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May 15, 2012
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monrovia california usa
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Bob
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Excel
My suggestion would be go somewhere with a variety of scopes (Cabelas, BassPro, ect.) and look through them. Buy the brightest and clearest one you can afford. What power you get depends on the type of terrain you plan on hunting, if you are hunting the rain forest of your northwest you probably want something in a 2-8 or 3-9 power if you plan on shooting longer ranges try something that goes to 12 or 14. My personal favorite for budget/quality is the Leopold 2-8, nice and bright, 2 is good for heavy forest and 8 is nice for distance. Pentex and Nikon have come up in quality a lot in the last 10 years. Of course if you can afford them Swarovski and Ziess are unbeatable!
 

marlyn

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nmbrinkman

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I have leupold and a nikon monarch. Both good scopes.
 

ShadowX

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Vortex makes decent scopes. Might be a little higher than your budget though.
 

Sea 2'er

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May 2, 2005
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check out cameralandny.com. check their demos for vortex - great prices. Im looking for a spotter from them right now.
 

MAL44

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Vortex diomondback, very impressed with the glass and only 200, I read tons of reviews and they were all excellent, I bought it and love it, also has bdc redicles
 

pele

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May 20, 2009
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ken
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I found out the hard way about boats
Thanks for all the suggestions,I was leaning towards the nikon monarch,really liked the bdc.but will check the vortex tmrw and then pull the trigger pardon the pun.Never knew the gun board had a following.Maybe a few more open ended questions will really get it cranking.Ill start-270 or 30-06 for all around gun.:)
 

ivane068

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May 20, 2010
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Ivan Esquivel
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Parker 2520 Fin Reaper
Vortex, I just picked up a viper pst ebr1 and it blows everything I have ever looked through out of the Water except for night force but that's a $1500-$2500 scope. The first focal plane makes adjustments very easy it. It's illuminated so it works great in low light and you cannot beat the warranty. Check out semper fi depo of Miramar road they sell the viper pst for $250 less than anyone else. They had several other vortex scopes that would fit the 400 dollar budget that normally sell for 500 or more.

They don't have demo models but you can check them out at turners and then just give them the part number unless Turners does price matching.
 

Cast Gold

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Mike's
Vortex just brought their EBR-2C reticle to the Viper PST line in 6-24x. It's like the Bushnell G2-DMR. I'm getting one.
 

Idatuna

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I've got a VX1 on the yote rifle. It gets beat up more than any other scope. Falls on the ice, miles on the rack of the 4 wheeler and its never lost its zero. Warranty is unbeatable and actually US made. The cheap Burris scopes and most all others are made overseas.