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Unread 06-26-2004, 01:01 PM
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Re: cheap scope

I have a friend that has several BSA scopes and I have several Leupold scopes. Looking thru his BSA scopes you will notice a yellow color, they call a filter or coating. Well, Leupold also has coatings but do not make the view yellow. They are also very touchy dialing into focus. Their quality is less than good where leupold is excelent. Buy the best and do not test the reat.
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Unread 06-26-2004, 11:54 PM
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Re: cheap scope

thanks guys just wanted some opinions have not bought one and but this has helped me make my decision i am on a low budget right now and need some good glass for cheap.
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Unread 06-27-2004, 10:01 AM
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OK, let me try this again. I tried to post a reply last night, but it isn't here today.

I found that good glass costs as much or more than the rifle it sits on. Now,I like toys, and hate to have rifles sitting around that I can't shoot because I don't have the money for the optics. I started mounting Ken Farrell bases on all of my rifles, and mount the scopes with Leupold QRW rings. I have a notebook with the micrometer settings for zero for each of my rifles and each of their loads. I swap scopes, dial in the settings, and I'm right on zero. I've been doing this for three years, and I haven't lost my zero yet.
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Unread 06-27-2004, 10:34 AM
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For inexpensive glass, don't forget Bushnell. Start at the Banners and go up, as far as you can afford. They seem to hold up well for me, since 1968, we've never had one go bad. You might find one cheap on ebay.
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Unread 06-27-2004, 11:07 PM
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I have had a few different scopes and have never had one go bad. The first scope I had on a rifle (.308) was a $40.00 (cdn) fixed 4 power. That was almost 20 years ago and that scope sits on a old 303 Brit. now and still works great. Yes the optical quality is not like the $500.00 and up scopes and I would not rely on them returning 0 but for the average hunter keeping shots under 400y and not dialing in each shot, just using holdovers, the cheep ones work fine. When the shots get out there and you need to put some elevation and windage on the scope the cheep ones won't cut it. If you can't afford a high $ scope and want to extend your range a little find a mildot scope and learn how to use it. I got a tasco varmit 2.5x10 mildot scope for $100.00 about a year ago and its seen about 700 rounds from my 270 win and works excellent.
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Unread 07-02-2004, 03:02 PM
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I have 3 Vari-X-III, 50mm's, and have been pleased with them, but I had an experience a couple of years ago that opened my eye's(no pun intended). A friend of mine purchased a 3.5x10x50mm Weaver Grand Slam and said that he thought that it was "brighter" than a comparable Vari-X-III. I told him that I had some doubts about that. He asked me to go deer hunting with him and sit in one of his "condo" stands so we could compare scopes side by side.

Before going further, I need to say that here in SC you can legally harvest a deer up to 1 hour AFTER sunset. Consequently, high performance low light scopes are very important here. To make a long story short, we watched deer from about sunset until dark, comparing his scope to mine. We particularly watched a small buck at about 100 yards until about 50 minutes after sunset. At that time I could still count points with the Weaver while I could barely make out the deer with my Leupold. Needless to say, I was embarrassed that a $300 scope clearly out performed my Leupold.

In case anyone is wondering, we tried to do everything that we knew to make the test fair including cleaning the lenses, and comparing on the same power as best as we could tell.
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Unread 07-05-2004, 12:46 PM
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