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Unread 09-26-2012, 10:35 PM
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$500 budget scope

this will be mounted on a 7mm rem mag for deer/ elk hunting out to 500-700 yards and target shooting out to 1000yards. i dont have the money for a more expensive scope and saving up isnt really an option right now. Thanks
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Unread 09-26-2012, 11:32 PM
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Re: $500 budget scope

I like the vortex viper 6.5-20
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Unread 09-27-2012, 10:35 AM
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Re: $500 budget scope

I agree with Vortex. The optical quality, combined with the features you get make it a winner. I have only looked through and used Leupold, Nikon, and Vortex in this price range, so take it for what its worth(nothing).
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Unread 09-27-2012, 11:43 PM
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Re: $500 budget scope

Plus three on the viper
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Unread 09-28-2012, 06:13 AM
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Re: $500 budget scope

Vortex seams to be a good pic, bushnell ellite tactical or a hours vision hawk will all fit the bill.
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Unread 09-28-2012, 01:40 PM
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Re: $500 budget scope

The Bushnell Elite is a he** of a scope for the money - IMO.
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Unread 09-29-2012, 11:53 PM
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I disagree with the Vortex recommendation for two reasons. I think 6.5-20X is to much magnification for big game up to 700 yds. I think 14X to 16X is sufficient on the high end. More magnification than that just increase glare (reduces contrast) and reduces field of view unnecessarily.

Vortex Viper scopes have sub-par glare performance to big with. They're not terrible, but they're below average for their price point. That is, you can do better. In some lighting conditions the poorer glare performance will reduce contrast. High contrast is more important for big game hunting than it is for range shooting, for example. That's why I consider Vipers to be good target scopes, but not so good hunting scopes.
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