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Old 05-21-2013, 08:38 AM
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Budget setup

Hey guys, my first post so do your worst! Haha

I am trying to build a budget setup and basically trying to see what can be done with less than adequate funds on a long range setup. I need a good scope with good magnification. I hope to be able to touch 1000 yds. Might not be able to. What are your thoughts and how would you go about getting the lowest cost scope with a mildot? I am hoping to hear of some decent under 200$ scopes. I understand that's pushing it.

Let me know what you would buy if it were you with only 200$ to spend on any scope.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:49 AM
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Re: Budget setup

I would save up a little more and get a Konus M-30 8.5-32x52 Mil-Dot. You can get them from Midway USA for $350. Good glass for the money. Lots of features found on much higher priced scopes. I've had mine on my 700 5R .308 for 1.5 years now, and it's been a great scope. I paired it up with an EGW HD 0 MOA picatinny base and TPS TSR 30mm Aluminum medium height rings.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:24 AM
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Re: Budget setup

I built something similar just recently...however haven't really got it to where I'm ready to try real long shots yet (only 21 down the tube). I went with the scope mentioned here: Best current sales on scopes.

It's a pretty clear scope, really,...even at full power, which some less expensive scopes loose clarity when at full power. Just a thought and it's a little over your target price.

I've got a friend that has the Bushnell 10x40 Elite Tactical. It's a nice scope, and can be found for $200. I'd say if you really want to play at 1K yards 10 power may not be enough, and the 14X I mentioned above may be marginal as well. Hopefully others here will chime in as I'm no expert at optics an attempting 1K shots.

Let us know how your quest goes.

BTW, I've got ~$615 into my budget set up.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:39 PM
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Re: Budget setup

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Hey guys, my first post so do your worst! Haha

I am trying to build a budget setup and basically trying to see what can be done with less than adequate funds on a long range setup. I need a good scope with good magnification. I hope to be able to touch 1000 yds. Might not be able to. What are your thoughts and how would you go about getting the lowest cost scope with a mildot? I am hoping to hear of some decent under 200$ scopes. I understand that's pushing it.

Let me know what you would buy if it were you with only 200$ to spend on any scope.
Thanks
Honestly man, you aren't going to find a "good scope" out to 1000 yards for 200 bucks. I'm not trying to sound like a know it all but if you're punching paper you can still keep looking around but if you're shooting at animals you owe it to them to find something better for ethical kills. I don't know of any scope under 200$ I'd shoot out to 500 yards to be honest.

Another thing to that drives me and alot of other guys crazy You obviously are going to sink a good bit of money into a long range rifle. Why do that and put 200$ piece of glass atop it? Its like buying a brand new Ferrari and putting the cheapest bargain tires you can find for it.

Best thing, do like I did when I was younger. If you have 200 now, be patient put it away and save about another 300 and you should be able to find a decent LR scope for 500 bucks.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:15 PM
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Re: Budget setup

I agree w/ FSU. I got my scope for semi long target work (500-800 yards) and also intend to use the same rig for hunting up to roughly 500 yards (big game). It's on a 7-08 so I'm not planning to try to hunt anything out past that...unless its a coyote, which I'll try any chance I get even if they're way out there. Also, I'm not sure if it's hunting if it's at a 1000 yards is it?
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:24 PM
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Re: Budget setup

The Konus that was mentioned in a earlier post is a excellent recommendation. But I would check out the new Redfield series of scopes. Now owned by Leupold they offer some hope for beginners.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:07 PM
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Re: Budget setup

The scope I mentioned above is a bit better than the redfields as I compared them. Both very good set ups IMO. I was thinking seriously about getting the Redfield Revolution, but decided the slightly better optics and mil-dot in the Legacy HD was better for what I wanted to do with it.
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