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Are the high dollar scopes really worth it?

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Unread 03-11-2008, 03:53 PM
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Are the high dollar scopes really worth it?

I am very seriously looking at a new scope for my 300rum I have looked at Night Force, Leupold, Nikon, and Bushnell. I have come down to a Bushnell elite 4200 30mm tube 6-24x50 with a mil-dot reticle. For three times that much my second choise is a Night Force NXS 5.5-22 NPR2. I am having a very very very hard time trying to justify a 1500 + dollar scope that will not get used a whole lot, this summer I plan on shooting once a week 20-40 shots out of that gun at most some weeks less at 200 yds or so some weeks more when were shooting out to 700-800. This is a hunting gun only for elk and deer. I am taking it to Idaho this fall, after this year it could sit in the safe for 5 years who knows. Where I live is a shotgun only area so no rifles and if I go up north the 280rem will most likely get the nod. So is it really worth it to spend 1500 for something that will only get used every three or four years or should I put the extra money into binos, spotting scope, ect. thanks all.
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Unread 03-11-2008, 04:22 PM
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I own both the scopes you mentioned.....I will say that I like my nightforce scopes alot better then the 4200. I love the Nice thin NP-R2 better then the mil-dot of the 4200 tactical. Optically the nightforce is more clear...especially on the high end of magnification. I will say for around $560 the bushnell is a really nice scope with a good sight picture, nice adjustment knobs, and good tracking. If money was a concern I would go with the 4200 and not look back. If you want the best scope you can buy for under $2000 go with the Nightforce. One thing to think about also is you will never have a hard time trying to sell a nightforce is you need to.
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Unread 03-11-2008, 07:43 PM
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i also own both of the scopes and i am satisfied with the elite. no comparison to a nightforce. if i were you i would look inbetween those to like an IOR or leupold. they are ahead of the elite, yet still have money in the pocket.
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Unread 03-11-2008, 08:06 PM
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There is no substitute for quality.
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Unread 03-11-2008, 08:44 PM
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I've come to the conclusion, finaly, that even though used not very often, when used it's gotta be good. That's most probably the only chance that I'll get for the season.

I've come to recognize that I have to be prepared for any time of day, early, late, rain, fog, snow, whatever comes along and that's my chance.

I've settled on one of the high priced scopes. Which one I don't know yet. It'll be some kind of ranging reticle (for hold overs not ranging) and most probably a 56mm objective.
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!
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Unread 03-11-2008, 09:52 PM
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I used to have a 4200

then bought my 1st nightforce, a 5.5x22x56 with Npr2 reticle..... I ended up floggin the 4200...... Now I own another nightforce 8x32x56 npr2 reticle....... ANd except for my gopher rig (.204 ruger) I run nightforce or zeiss...... Once you get a taste of the good glass you wont want to settle for less....
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Unread 03-12-2008, 09:29 AM
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Like everybody else said for the money the 4200 is a good deal , it certainly ain't a Nightforce.

I have owned a Nightforce and currently own a Nikon Tactical , IOR , Shmidt&Bender and Leupold MK-4 and for the money I like the IOR best . I got the Nikon from here in the ads for a hell of a deal and will say its everybit the scope the higher priced Leupolds are.

Another Realy good scope for the money is the Burris Black Diamond , they can regualry be had used in great shape for $500-$600 in the uper power range
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