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.
I used to re-load but now I "hand-load".
-- Well, at least I try
Last edited by britz; 09-07-2009 at 10:30 PM.
Reason: misread the price range.