I'll be looking for a variable scope for my Sako Finnbear 7mm Dakota. I was looking at the Leupold VX3 LR in 4.5-14 with maybe the B&C reticle. Using this as a reference, I was hoping the hive could suggest some other alternatives in the under $750 range.
Gloss finish would be a big plus if possible to match the Sako's beautiful bluing, but it's not critical. I can Duracoat in gloss if needed. Side focus preferred. Ballistic reticle preferred.
Rifle will be used for LR shooting and also elk hunting. Burris Signature rings for elevation.
I am not opposed to used optics to stay within budget, found one shop with Zeiss Conquest 2nds for around $760.
Bushnell 6500 2.5-16X with DOA for around $750
Nikon Monarch 4-16X for $500
Burris Fullfield II Tactical 4-16 for $450
If your interested I have a Leupold Premier Series, Diamond coat lenses, side focus model #53490 w/4" sunshade, original box, manuals, like new condition, no dings, scratches nothing. Including shipping and insurance $699. New retailed for $1100. PM if interested.
Target turrets which you can always swap with one from KI if you wish, and it's a better scope than a VX-3, at least in my side-by-side comparison. Normal retail is $300 more so it's a heck of a deal.
I hear you. The last few days I've been leaning strongly to a 4.5-14X50 Conquest with Z800 and maybe turrets. The 50mm has 50% more elevation built in. I'm cash poor right now and will have to put it on my wishlist, but I'd rather have the time to pick exactly what I want. I'm leaning towards buying 2. I have a .308 needing good glass too. I've been very pleased with a Conquest 3.5-10 on my main hunting rifle