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And now for some Optics...

 
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:05 PM
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And now for some Optics...

I've chosen the Weatherby Vanguard in .300 WSM and so now I'm going to be looking for a nice scope to put on it. I don't think that I have ever paid more than $50-$100 for a scope so my knowledge about those are also limited.

I'm thinking around the $400-$500 range. I don't know what options to ask about or features or any of that kind of stuff.

I saw the scope at Grey Bull Precision, wow - want an impressive piece of hardware. Is there something similar to that maybe midway in price or am I dreaming?

Thanks again for the help.

Darby
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:26 PM
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Re: And now for some Optics...

I see you made you choice on riffle, well optics in 400 500 range would be NIKON, then Bushnell Elite 4200 and Burris Fullfield II actually there is another thread opened today by ShinyShoes http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f17/new-need-advice-optics-46413/ but he is looking at something in 600 800 range

Midway is running sale on Nikon Buckmaster 6-18x40 with mildot for $300 I was thinking of getting myself one just never used Nikon's mildot before
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:27 PM
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Re: And now for some Optics...

If you are serious about getting into long range shooting than forget about getting all the fancy turrets and reticlals on your scope if money is a factor. Basically the more gadgets you get on your scope, the more it will cost... unless you are sacraficing quality for the gadgets. BSA makes a scope with lots of bells and whistles on it, but it isn't worth a tinkers darn for any serious shooter. Some optics I would steer you toward in the 200-400 price range are the Bushnell 3200 series, 4200 series, Nikon Monarch or possibly the buckmaster series. Leupold makes great scopes, but in 350 and less, others make better. If you spend 500 than the VXIII is an excelent choice, also the sightron is also getting great reviews. SSII big sky if memory serves.

If you are using the rifle for coyote and deer you will want a fairly low low power. If you use a 6-18 on it, you'll have a heck of a time finding the running game in the scope. 4.5 is a good starting point, or even 3. Another thing to consider is that when you get the lower powered scopes in a series like Bushnell or Nikon, you will get more internal adjustment compared to the higher powered scopes in the same series.

Long of the short is that scopes have a few things that cost money (repeatability/ durability, light transmission, power range, adjustment range, warrenty) Hate to say it, but your in the same boat as many of us... ya have to sacrafice some of these qualities. I would choose to sacrafice in the light transmission, power range and adjustment range because the holey grail of long range shooting is to have solid repeatable adjustments.

Good luck...Mark.
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Last edited by britz; 09-07-2009 at 10:30 PM. Reason: misread the price range.
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:56 PM
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Re: And now for some Optics...

Look into the falcon menace ffp 5-25X50
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:11 PM
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Re: And now for some Optics...

What about Clearidge Optics?

I just ordered one for my son. Got the 30mm tube version Ultra XP5 2.5-12.5x42 mil dot for under $600.

They have the Ultra XP version with 1 inch tube for about $370

Carn't tell you how good it is yet as it has not yet arrived but from all reports they sound quite good. If it turns out to be no good then you will hear about it!!!!!
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:36 PM
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Re: And now for some Optics...

Head for your favorite sports store or the one that has the most optics and take some out back and look through them.

I wouldn't recommend any cabelas brand at any price. They have a great warrantee but come apart on a regular basis when excessive recoil (brake) is involved.

Sightrton is a good one to look at.
Sportsmans Warehouse has a brand named Nitrex or something like that.
You'll want some kind of target turrets soon or later. Also for convenience MOA turrets and MOA reticles are great.

Spend as much or more time making your glass selection than you did on your rifle selection and you will do well.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:17 AM
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Re: And now for some Optics...

Normally the first thing out of my mouth or off my finger tips would be Nightforce. But that obviously isn't in your budget.

This is what you should get....

Bushnell - Elite 4200 4-16 x 50mm, Matte [424165SF]

BUSHNELL ELITE 4200 RIFLE SCOPE 4-16X50 NEW 42-4165SF - eBay (item 220472413996 end time Sep-26-09 14:41:07 PDT)

It would be a great LRH starter scope and you can mow some lawns, shovel some snow and save up your pennies for a few years until you can get the real deal.
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