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Old 04-05-2013, 10:54 AM
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Budget Scope Advice

Hello. First, I'm mostly a lurker on here. Mostly because you're in a different league than me, and I mean that in skill and in expendable funds (single income home raising 5 kids). However, I read a lot on LRH and I hold my opinion very high of your advice and knowledge. So I ask for advice. Iíve got an old Rem721 (grandpas) and itís fine for what it is. The stock has a growing crack on it and Iím going to need another rifle for one of my boys in just a few years anyway. So Iíve picked a rifle that I think will do, but want your take on a few scopes. Before getting to the scopes, my whole intent with this rig is to be able to use it for hunting (and Iím usually making my kills at 2-400 yards) but to also be able to play (target shoot) in the 5-800 range. Iíve chosen the bdc type reticles thinking Iíll not mess with the turrets in the field, but probably adjust when target shooting. Here are the four on my list and with the list I also ask is a 3-9x40 good enough to do what Iím thinking? What do you think would be best with what I've explained in my intent for this rifle. Thanks in advance.

Burris Fullfield II 3-9x40 and the 4.5X-14X-42mm with adjustable parallax (This being the most costly of the four)
Refield Revolution 3-9x40 and the 4-12x40mm
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:07 AM
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Re: Budget Scope Advice

Here's my best advice. I actually have and use this same exact scope, rings, and the bases, b/c they will fit both a 700 long-action and your 721 action.

Konus M-30 Tactical Rifle Scope 30mm Tube 8.5-32x 52mm 1/10 MIL

EGW 1-Piece Heavy Duty Picatinny-Style Base Remington 700 Long Action

TPS 30mm TSR Picatinny-Style Aluminum Rings Matte Low

For under $500, this is the best setup I have found.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:46 PM
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Re: Budget Scope Advice

Thanks, Mud. Those rings and base look great. I probably didn't make it clear, but I'm planning on keeping my 721 as is for now, but will try to save up and put a better stock on it down the road. Also, I'll look into that scope more, but it I really want to keep it simple and slimmer. I'm pushing very thick brush at times when hunting and the less the knobs (turret and battery for reticle) stick out the better. I don't want the illuminated reticle.

I know it's probably better to have a true LRH set up and a "normal" hunting set up, but I don't see it in the cards for now. I don't really see me hunting anything big (mulie on up) with it out past 500 yards for a number of reasons. One being, the rifle is in 7mm-08. Also, the caliber is set, as I was given the reloading supplies, dies, etc. needed for it. This is the rifle (yes, I know some of you will laugh/scoff at): http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firear...tAction/x7.asp

Anyway, keep the good ideas coming. I need all the wisdom I can get.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:34 PM
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Re: Budget Scope Advice

Those Marlins are nice rifles for the price. As with all entry level production rifles, the accuracy is hit or miss sometimes, and boresight alignment between the barrel and rings can be off bit. With handloads, you could easily end up with a good shooter.

I've spent a lot of time with all the Burris E1 scopes. They have low glare, high contrast, and good edge-to-edge resolution for the price, and that is important for hunting. The turrets are easy to dial with the covers off. These scopes hold zero well and have low weight. Burris warranty and customer service is also quite good (although I've never had to use it).

The E1 reticle is easy to calibrate to your load by simply turning down the magnification a bit. 3-9X is a bit low for target shooting. I would recommend you spend the extra $50 for the 4.5-14X model. You now have the choice of 1" or 30 mm tubes. The 30 mm tubes provide more elevation adjustment but cost more. I'm on travel right now and don't have all the prices in front of me.

For a non-illuminated scope, there isn't much out there that beats the E1 series in value. You can tell I really like the E1 scopes and I use them on some of my rifles. More often than not, it's what I recommend for a hunting scope in that price range.

HighPowerOptics has them in stock, as well as all the Burris rings. Some of the new Burris stock is not on the website yet. We can set you up with 5% off coupon. PM me if you're interested or if you don't see something on the website.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:50 AM
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Re: Budget Scope Advice

A friend of mine bought his daughters a couple of those marlins in 243 one managed a near 400yard shot on a 180" muley a a year ago or so .... Also not a real big fan of the EGW picatinney rails the slots have a huge groove length wise that dosent make to much sense to me when the more surface area the rings have in contact with the base the more evenly the force of recoil is distributed on the base and less likely to move. I would go with the Larue Tactical 20moa extenended base $80 or even cheaper Blackhawk or Weaver 20moa $30 over the EGW just my opinion.

As for the scope never tried a Konus scope but I can say I have tried almost every model of Vortex scope and they all performed flawlessly. For 5-800 yards I would not go over 24x power on my current set up Im running a 22.5 power vortex and I normally run it on 20x. I have had no problem getting hits out to a mile.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:59 AM
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Re: Budget Scope Advice

Bruce, that's some great input. I was thinking that E1 was out of my price range, but maybe not. Maybe I'll save a little longer.

I was also pointed toward the Timberline scopes they make. How do they stack up to the E1 or normal fulfield II? I wonder about low light with the smaller objective.

deathwobble, I was able to look at a Diamondback last night. Seemed pretty good. I'll look into those bases.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:33 PM
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Re: Budget Scope Advice

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A friend of mine bought his daughters a couple of those marlins in 243 one managed a near 400yard shot on a 180" muley a a year ago or so .... Also not a real big fan of the EGW picatinney rails the slots have a huge groove length wise that dosent make to much sense to me when the more surface area the rings have in contact with the base the more evenly the force of recoil is distributed on the base and less likely to move. I would go with the Larue Tactical 20moa extenended base $80 or even cheaper Blackhawk or Weaver 20moa $30 over the EGW just my opinion.

As for the scope never tried a Konus scope but I can say I have tried almost every model of Vortex scope and they all performed flawlessly. For 5-800 yards I would not go over 24x power on my current set up Im running a 22.5 power vortex and I normally run it on 20x. I have had no problem getting hits out to a mile.
All 4 of my EGW HD model rails have solid blocks, and don't have a goove down the middle...

And if the groove was a huge deal, why does Badger do it on their $200 bases, too?
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The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
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