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Old 01-17-2012, 09:33 PM
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Re: high value low cost optics, scopes binoculars, spotters ect.

Ive never said Scopes arent needed I have one on every Rifle I own except my Winchester 92, I am saying that you dont need a $1,000 scope to shoot well.

I am saying there are other options out there for a fraction of the price,Options that will do the job and do it well. Ive Put just under 1,000 rounds through my AR with the tasco on it, and it still works great. When I miss, Its because I made a mistake, not because I didnt spend enough money on whatever.

All I want from my gear is it to work properly, so a scope that holds a zero and reliably makes adjustments, and has good clarity through all power levels i'm happy. And I got exactly that.

And I guess you aren't familiar with AR's but a Match trigger is about $120 for a kit and $200ish for the drop in, And dropping the trigger pull from a creepy 6lbs to a crisp 3lbs will do more for me than replacing A scope that works fine.
Would I love to top all my rifles with a Ziess or whatever, hell yeah, but would it improve my shooting? No.

All im trying to do is find good affordable gear, I know everyone has a different budget, But lets leave the top of the line brands out of it unless you find a crazy low price. the thread is "High Value Low Cost" Not spend a grand you'll get good stuff

Oh does anyone have a good variable power monocular? Ive looked around but only see ones that are fixed and they are usually 8x 10x 12x. there are a few variable powers online but I cant find them in any stores so If anyone has a good one, or If you got one that was junk please let me know so i dont buy the damn thing too.
Oh about the Barska Colorado spotting scope I mentioned I saw one On Ebay as a "buy it now" not an auction for $45 with free shipping
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:44 AM
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Re: high value low cost optics, scopes binoculars, spotters ect.

Originally Posted by Savageman69 View Post
Would I love to top all my rifles with a Ziess or whatever, hell yeah, but would it improve my shooting? No.
It would improve on how well you would find/see your target. Improvements in optics are as important as improvements in rifle. If all one does is hunt deer at a stand under 150 yards, all one needs is a basic rifle with iron sights. Anything else beyond that is a luxury and one must decide, if on limited budget, which one is more important to HIM/HER.

I must have misunderstood your original post. I thought you were telling us that high cost optics aren't needed, not asking for low cost alternatives. Bushnell Elite 3200/4200 and Nikon Monarch are couple examples of budget scopes that work well, especially when you can find them on sale.

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Old 01-18-2012, 11:44 AM
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Re: high value low cost optics, scopes binoculars, spotters ect.


It has been a few weeks since I read through all the posts so maybe I am forgetting some info but I think you are missing some important points that are critical to choosing a scope. Don't get me wrong I applaud the basic concept of your post and in some ways go through a similar process as you in determining which scope to buy. I often bypass much of the fluff to get exactly what I need, trying to save as much money along the way.

Having said that, if i recall correctly you are using a semi auto 22 cal to shoot at the minimum of what I would call LR shooting, ie about 600 yards. Also, it doesn't sound like you dial your turrets for varying distances but instead use hold over and your reticle for various holds. To be sure there are few scopes that won't be able to handle the abuse of that setup. It really is about as soft of a shooter as you can get and once you have the scope set you hardly touch it.

But for most long range guys this IS NOT how they use their LR rigs. They are using larger cartridges, sometimes much larger magnums, often times with brakes which makes durability of a scope so much more critical compared to the setup you are using. Also most guys run their turrets up and down for every shot they take so the demand for an accurate and repeatable and durable turret assembly is of utmost importance. These differences are going to drastically change the specs a shooter MUST have in a scope. And it is my opinion that most guys are not going to find the list of specs and performance requirements they need and rely on to perform flawlessly during their 1 or 2 hunting trips per year in a $100 scope.

I have tested a lot of scopes and there are certain things you ARE giving up when you go low cost. Turret return to zero is one of those. Accurate turret adjustment is another. Most low end scopes don't adjust .25 MOA per click as they are listed. So if a guy is using ballistic software then you are going to have to be sure and do some turret testing to find out how your turret does adjust so you can compensate in your ballistic program. Also, turret repeatability is another potential big issue. Over time low end turrets have a tendency to change their adjustment amount which makes for big headaches for LR shooters.

Also, changing turret adjustments on cheaper scopes often times makes big differences in optical quality. You are sacrificing optical quality already by choosing less expensive scopes so one needs to be sure that the additional change isn't going to be too much of a problem. Another issue I see with inexpensive SFP scopes is that the zero will change as you change the power mag up or down. Not all do this but enough to be a concern. And the number of inexpensive scopes that do it compared to the mid range scopes is pretty high.

I say all of this just to reiterate that LR hunting or shooting is a highly precise sport requiring highly precise equipment to perform to the standard that most guys will have in this sport. I think you will find a ton of guys that want the best bang for their buck but not many of those are going to be willing to put aside accurate and repeatable adjustments along with durability that will hold up on magnum cartridges.

In my experience there are very few under $200 scopes that will fit the bill. I really am not trying to dump and your parade here and do applaud the general concept you are promoting of educating guys that they don't have to spend primo dollars to get into this sport. But I also don't want to lead a new shooter in a direction that is going to introduce a ton of headaches and frustration and likely require a future upgrade to an acceptable scope in the near future. And it is my opinion that we are doing just that by promoting $100 or less scopes for the precision that LR hunting requires. By all means you don't have to go premium but in my opinion and experience going $200 and less is asking for a lot of frustration and problem over time. There have been many good mid priced scopes mentioned here that will perform well for a long time. That would be my suggestion to ensure acceptable performance while saving as much cash as possible. And buying used is another great way to get a lot of scope for the money.

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Old 01-18-2012, 11:58 AM
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:13 AM
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Re: high value low cost optics, scopes binoculars, spotters ect.

Its never been my intention to promote junk, I've been trying to find the one in a hundred great deal among the crap and then spread the word. Good stuff that doesn't cost alot is the exception not the rule.
Scot your absolutely right about the turrets not being precisely what they advertise, the .25 turret I have is more like .2 but for my skill level and setup that's not a big deal, I mean at 600yds it only makes a small difference on paper. Not one I can see at the range, But for extreme range that little inconsistency can cause a miss.
I think of long range shooting in terms of the caliber and gun. 300yds is nothing for a .308 but one hell of a poke for a 22lr.
And since A .223 is the biggest caliber rifle i shoot (not counting my 44-40 lever action) I know My long range isn't what most of you guys would consider long, and I think that has caused some confusion.

But I still think this Is important to discuss because, the reason I dont buy a $500+ scope that id love is I cant afford it. And I need something good for a good price. And that does mean sacrifice in capability and quality compared to what I really want. But The Tasco I bought was very comparable to the other scopes in the $250-$300 range that I was looking at. And every penny I can save helps, I know I got lucky with what I got but Thats the whole point of this thread. To share the good and prevent people from getting cheap crap thats everywhere
So when I do get my Savage FCP-K .308 I will still need a reliable affordable scope,(if not more than now) And if what i have on my AR-15 holds up like it has been, its bigger brother is going on that rifle to start with, untill my circumstances change.
Thanks for putting up with me, And for any tips on gear you guys have
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Old 01-19-2012, 01:02 AM
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Re: high value low cost optics, scopes binoculars, spotters ect.

I've read this thread a few times, following along as the posts multiplied.

My take is...

A Honda will always be a Honda but if you like comfort and can afford it, a Cadillac is always better than a Honda. Same applies to scopes and firearms.

I'm a Cadillac person.

I have a Tasco Red dot on a 22 rimfire pistol that was cheap and it looks and performs cheaply. I have a Trigicon on my match rimfire and it wasn't cheap. Neither was the firearm, neither is the ammo. it's about economy of scale.

Contrary to popular opinion, a Caddy can get excellent fuel mileage. My Deville with a big V8 gets 28mpg average.

.....heated and cooled seats, air ride, On Star, XM and a real engine under the hood seperates me from the Honda crowd. Same with optics.

A cheap optic you sell with the firearm when you sell it. A good optic you keep and mount on another firearm......
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:23 AM
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Re: high value low cost optics, scopes binoculars, spotters ect.

Well stated Sir!!
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