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Best Rifle Scope?
FreeRepublic | 5/29/2011 | Washi

Posted on 05/29/2011 1:13:35 PM PDT by Washi

O.K. All of you firearms experts:

I had hoped to go to the range today and sight in my new Remington 700 .308. However, the winds here are 20mph with gusts in the 30s. Not conducive to an accurate zero. I also realize that I'm probably going to want to put a better scope on the rifle than the cheap one that it came with.

So, what rifle scope would you recommend? What should I look for in a good scope. What should I avoid? What scope, in your opinion, represents the best value for a reasonable price? What tips would you give for the zeroing process?


TOPICS: Hobbies; Military/Veterans; Outdoors; Sports
KEYWORDS: advice; banglist; firearms; optics; scope
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To: Washi

Scopes should be sized to the range you want to have an accurate shot at. A scope for 200 yrd and 2” accuracy is going to be different than 500 yrd 5” accuracy. You also will want to know which reticle you can / want to use. Do you want bullet drop compensation, mil-dot, range finder ... etc.

41 posted on 05/29/2011 2:33:37 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Washi
get a Simmons Aetec 44 mm go here
42 posted on 05/29/2011 2:36:29 PM PDT by jrd
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To: Vendome

I have one too. They are pricy, but worth it. I am looking at the 1x4 they make for my AR-10.

43 posted on 05/29/2011 2:41:59 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Washi
CenterPoint 4-16x40mm Scope $65.99

Don't let the low price scare you. This is a lot of scope for the money. It even comes with mounts. Read the 117 reviews for a lot of insight.

44 posted on 05/29/2011 2:56:23 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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Redfield 3X9 40mm. This is IMO the best value on the market today. It’s a Leupold- made scope, literally made in the same factoy to the same standards. They make 30, 40, and 50mm objectives and all models are typically under $175. No fancy reticular, etc., but a fine bright scope nonetheless. I have one on my CZ 527 .223 bolt action. Candles and Midway have em. Academy Sports also (where I got mine) for $160.

45 posted on 05/29/2011 3:36:05 PM PDT by Afterguard
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To: Washi

I put a Nikon on the 700 .308 I got last winter. Haven’t fired it yet but am looking forward to it.

46 posted on 05/29/2011 3:41:21 PM PDT by 1L
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To: Washi
You didn't say what you were going to do with the rifle.

Still, if for hunting I recommend the lightweight Leupold straight 4X.

If for sniping (assuming you have a bull barrel or found a bullet weight that shoots .5in at 100yds in your rifle) I recommend the Shepherd 4 x 10 x 40.

47 posted on 05/29/2011 3:43:52 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Washi

Leupold is now making the Redfield scopes, but you can buy a Leupold that will exceed your purpose at a better price than the Redfield by shopping at Cabela’s online.

I have a Leupold on the first rifle that I built almost thirty years ago, a 30-338 that rocks a 190 gr boat tail at 2994 fps. That scope has never lost zero in any hunt from the Carolinas to Washington state. I believe the Vari-X 3.5 x 10 is around $600.00 now.

My .375 safari rifle that I built to match a 1950s Remington, has a 1957 Weaver Steel tube that is crystal clear and stands the recoil and weather extremes just fine.

Buy the best scope you can afford and become proficient with it. Most rifle scopes today are more up to the task than the rifleman.

48 posted on 05/29/2011 4:16:02 PM PDT by Big_Harry ( Starve the Beast!)
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To: Glennb51
LOL! I am an iron sight person myself with the old 30-30 Winchester that I have been using for about 45 years now. Fine bead is sighted at 50 yards and coarse bead is 100 yards. Anything over 100 yards, you take a bead, raise the barrel some and watch where the dust hits to adjust up or down a bit.

But! I do know lenses, expensive lenses, and agree with your opinion about Zeiss and Swarovski. Never had experience with Schmidt and Bender so can't venture anything first hand. Zeiss though, I have observed objects though that should be impossible to see optically, violate the rules of optics but by gosh, there they are. Extraordinary flat field of view with low distortion and high light transmission.

At the end of WWII, General Patton loaded up convey of trucks and sent them into the Russian sector to load up the Zeiss factory and all the technicians + family they could get a hold of. This is why Zeiss is a western company. I have figgered that the Zeiss folks they missed in the round up ended up with Swarovski, which is why these Russian optics are so good. By the way, this was told to me by a Zeiss factory tech that came from Germany once a year to service my Zeiss gear under the service contract.

Within the price range that seems to be set points to something along the line of Bushnell or equivalent. I strongly advise a variable magnification. I was deer hunting once with a guy using a fixed 10X scope when a buck popped up about 40 yards from us. All he could see was deer fur so he shot and it turned up he was looking at the foot. Duh...

49 posted on 05/29/2011 4:30:19 PM PDT by Hootowl99
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To: contrarian
Hornady makes a nifty tool that lets you measure the exact length to make a case.

I have used one working up loads for a 45-70 ruger #1 it worked great

good luck

50 posted on 05/29/2011 4:30:40 PM PDT by mouser (Run the rats out its the only chance we have)
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To: JoeProBono

Yep, sure does. My truck gun which gets rough usage, is a bubbarized MN scout mounted with a cheapo garage sale $15.00 BSA 2x pistol scope. But it takes a licking and keeps on ticking, remains dead on accurate with cast boolits and never a problem with it.

51 posted on 05/29/2011 4:32:29 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Being an autodidact, I happily escaped the bureaucratization of intellect)
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52 posted on 05/29/2011 4:33:02 PM PDT by hattend (Let's all meet Sarah at her last bus stop -- 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Jan 2013)
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To: Washi

For the minimum priced scope that is still a good product, check out Redfields. They are being made in the US by Leupold. Here’s one source:

I’d be looking at the 3-9x40, but if you are planning on a lot of 500 yard shooting, you might want to move up a bit to the higher powered scopes. You’ll still spend less than $300.00 and have a solid, made in the US scope.

53 posted on 05/29/2011 4:57:16 PM PDT by Cincinnatus.45-70 (What do DemocRats enjoy more than a truckload of dead babies? Unloading them with a pitchfork!)
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54 posted on 05/29/2011 4:59:54 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Vigilant1

I can vouch for the Bushnell 6500 tactical, 4.5-30x50mm. I’ve got that on my Winchester Model 70 in .308, and it serves me well out to 600 yds. (for the price I was willing to pay)

55 posted on 05/29/2011 6:06:06 PM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: All
Thanks for the input, all.

I could have researched it all I wanted to online, but I prefer to hear advice based on experience from a group that I trust knows what they are talking about.

I'll weigh all of your input before I make my purchase.

56 posted on 05/29/2011 6:14:00 PM PDT by Washi
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To: Washi
Look into a Nikko Stirling scope. I bought a rifle package from Bass Pro several years ago and it had a Nikko Stirling scope from the Nighteater line. I could stay in the woods 'til dark and still watch game. These scopes are used to hunt kangaroo at night in Australia.

Nikko Stirling is really an overlooked scope ... great optics for a reasonable price, although they have been getting more expensive on eBay in the past year.

Since the rifle purchase, I have given that one to our youngest and bought a Browning X-bolt and chose a Nikko Stirling Diamond 30mm tube and illuminated reticle. I've never been more pleased. There is a photo on my home page of the first deer I bagged with this setup. Split his heart in two at 285 yds. No, he is not a record by any means, but he was certainly a trophy for me since I bought all of the gear, mounted the scope and sighted it in myself. You can see that it is a really nice looking scope.

You won't be wasting your time if you go to Nikko and take a look at what they offer. If you are familiar with eBay and have some patience, you can pick one up at brand new scope at a super price.

Best wishes to you on whatever you end up buying!!!

57 posted on 05/29/2011 6:34:29 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Vendome

Have at least a look at the US Optics products if you can. S&B are obviously very good glass, but I think you might be surprised by the USO product. They have a more limited product line compared to the sporting optics companies, but what products they do have I’ve found impressive to look through... then I turn to The Boss, who looks at the rapture on my face, then the price tag... and then says “WHAT?!”

A bit down the price scale, don’t discount Kahles without a look through them either.

58 posted on 05/29/2011 7:42:53 PM PDT by NVDave
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59 posted on 05/29/2011 7:46:59 PM PDT by Morgana (I speak no more)
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To: Morgana

Wow! Looks like you can see all the way to Springtime with that one!

60 posted on 05/29/2011 7:48:58 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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