Hey guys, just want some feedback on a scope for a 500-600yd coyote/paper gun and also to learn the basics of LR hunting and shooting. I have Remington 700 in .243 that's pretty stock, and has been my varmint and "guest deer" gun for a few years now. I plan to send it out to someone like Kevin for an "Accuracy Package" as soon as he starts taking work again, with plans to have it re-chambered in .308 with a good barrel, and good stock/bedding etc. Now since my son is almost done with college (and tuition) I will start my collection of LR gear accordingly!
I want to start with a decent piece of glass for now. I want something that will teach me the basics of target turrets and such, and I see so many recommend the Sightron SIII or Vortex Viper PST
, but they still are in the $700+ range. Would I be well served by picking up a Nikon Monarch and the available target turrets, or even something like the standard Viper or SII's, or Bushnell Elite? I have seen these for in the area of $450-500 new, and several of the Bushnell's in the classifieds for $200-350 etc (right now there is a 10x40 Elite 3500 for $210). Or is the Sightron SIII/Vortex PST class of scope the minimum entry requirement into this game with any respectable, repeatable results?