Re: only high dollar optics are quality???
I couldnít resist putting in my 2 cents worth or maybe more like a dollars worth. Iíve shot through a couple of Nighforces that were $2,800 and $2,200 respectively. One was mounted on a AR-10 that belonged to one of the local SWAT team. He wanted to use my chrono to get data on their new pallet of ammo (yes I did say pallet). I of course had to make sure he was lined up and not going to shoot my chrono. That was one beautiful scope. The other is on a friendís Savage 260 Rem LRP.
Looking through either of these scopes is almost a religious experience. They are just so clear. It was all I could do to keep from reaching for my wallet. And not only are they clear but the clicks are dead on. My friend and I were shooting at 600 yards and spotting shots using my target cam. He fires a shot and misses right ĺ inch. He clicks his Nightforce one click left and puts one right in the center which of course with 1/8 moa clicks at 600 yards is just what should have happened. A scope (not to mention the rifle) that can correct ĺ inch at 600 yards is to say the least, impressive.
From what I can see a Nightforce will do what you need, do it while taking a beating, and look pretty while doing it. They are as good as it gets. If there is anything better, I donít care because I donít need it.
Having said all that, I can also do math. I have centerfire rifles in 22-250, 6mm Rem, 260 Rem, 270 WSM, 7mm WSM, 30-06, 300 RUM and 338 RUM. If I put a Nightforce on all of those, we are talking some serious dollars plus the cost of the divorce. I just flat can not afford that.
The best scope I have is a Bushnell Elite 6500 in a 4.5 X 30. The rest are all 6 X 24 tactical style Ospreys and Alpens except two of the Ospreys are 10 X 40. I paid around $130 for the Ospreys and $270 for the Alpens.
I have won a pretty decent lottery payout ($815) so it may not be surprising that all of these scopes have worked great for around 2,000 rounds total in all rifles. Groups at 600 yards run in the 3 to 6 inch range with most shots not more than 4 inches off dead center which is an important consideration since this is all about hunting for me. Some of these calibers will pound on a scope and I dial up for anything past 400 yards so these scopes have been tested. Iíve hunted cold and hot, high and low, dropped rifles on rocks and so on. So far I have gotten away with it.
Yeah some of these (not the Bushnell) get a little dim/fuzzy at high power and I can live with that as long as the clicks are on which so far they have been. If I was smart enough to have stuck with only one rifle, it would be wearing a Nightforce but I blew it and went and bought all those other rifles. Live and learn. And yes I am jealous of anybody who has a Nightforce on their long range rig.