Originally Posted by Tikkamike
I am a believer in you get what you pay for. Also You should look at warranties. Leupold is a FULL Lifetime TRANSFERABLE warranty. Zeiss, swarovski Leica same way. No recipt needed. However not everyone can afford to just go buy one of the above mentioned. However anyone who is buying a decent scope can probably afford a Leupold VX1 So that would be my vote. Maybe burris and nikon are good scopes. No doubt they have worked for a lot of people for a lot of years trouble free. But they usually carry a warranty along the lines of the warranty is only against worsmanship to the origional owner with a recipt. Point being if you smash your Bushnell on a rock you have to buy another one now you have paid for a bushnell what you would have paid for a Leupold plus the inconvenience and frustration. Leupold would have fixed or replaced it no questions asked.
Please add Barska to the junkers list. I have a March 10-60X and it is excellent glass, but the warranty is for just 5 years and is not transferrable. I have purchased used, both Zeiss and Leica spotters, and I can tell you from hard experience they are not transferrable warranties. It cost me $600 to repair the Zeiss. They wanted $900 and I negotiated down.
I have a lot of Bushnell products, but, I no longer buy Bushnell anything. Several years ago, I bought a new 8x binoc with rangefinder, paid $550 for it, and one side would not focus. Returned it to Bushnell, and they said nothing wrong with it. I called their customer service department to protest, but they stuck to their guns and would not repair or replace it. I only get burned once.
"I am a believer in you get what you pay for" Me too.