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Best Hunting Scope under $2000

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Unread 06-13-2013, 11:49 AM
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Best Hunting Scope under $2000

It will be a while but I am already planning a hunting rifle build and I am looking at scopes. The scope will be going on a .300 win mag. I want something with minimum magnification around 3-4 and max mag around 14-18 with a 50 mm bell. I can't decide if I want tactical turrets or not. I used to have a $1000 4-12x50 Swarovski and it was a great hunting scope. One of the scopes that has caught my eye is the Steiner Predator 4-16x50 with 30 mm tube for $999. There are several 44mm Swarovski scope that I would like if they were 50mm. What will be the difference in "light gathering" ability in a 44mm vs 50mm? I am mostly looking at Swarovski, Zeiss, Steiner, Kahles and Leupold. I prefer a 30mm tube and 2nd focal plane scope. Any ideas?
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    Unread 06-13-2013, 03:44 PM
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    Re: Best Hunting Scope under $2000

    Even though leupold is at the end of your list..IMO For the cash out of pocket, the
    6.5-20x50 vx3lr for 800 bucks, Is the best you can get.. However I am getting very interested in Huskemah Optics its almost double the price, but its inside your price range..
    I hope you can get your new rig up and shooting soon. But that's my .02cnts
    Jester
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    Unread 06-13-2013, 04:07 PM
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    Re: Best Hunting Scope under $2000

    I have Stiener Predator Extreme and really like it.
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    Unread 06-13-2013, 06:09 PM
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    Re: Best Hunting Scope under $2000

    I have USO and IOR that have first focal plane, a feature I do not like for hunting.
    I have Leupold and IOR that mix mil dots with MOA turrets, a combination I do not like.
    I have Kahles that has a .1 miliradian turret, a feature I do not like.
    I have Leupold that trades off shape resolution for more color resolution, which I do not like for targets, but I like for hunting.
    The new CDS Leupolds are light weight and have adjustable turrets. The cammed for certain ammo feature I do not like, but I can ignore that as they come with moa turrets, which I like.

    The best place I have seen to compare scopes is Cabela's.
    Then I usually buy used scopes.
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    Unread 06-13-2013, 06:29 PM
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    Re: Best Hunting Scope under $2000

    Leaning towards the Swarovski Z5 3.5-18x44 with Ballistic Turrets.
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    Unread 06-13-2013, 07:15 PM
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    Re: Best Hunting Scope under $2000

    I just bought a swaro z5 5x25x52 with the brh reticle. I like it a lot. Its really clear and bright even on 25x.
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    Unread 06-13-2013, 09:08 PM
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    Best Hunting Scope under $2000

    I am also looking for a scope for a new Remington 700 in 7mm mag. Can everyone shed some more light on comparing the Zeiss, the Swarovski , the Leupold, and the Schmidt & Bender. I want this scope to be a long term optic for this gun, but I have read some much that I getting confused with all the choices. I really like the Swarovski Z6 but these are pretty expensive. For the money what among the many choices represents the best value. I need good clarity at dusk and dawn. I am open to all comments.
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