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What brand of scope do you prefer

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Old 09-03-2013, 07:20 PM
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Re: What brand of scope do you prefer

Leupold. Not the best,but American made.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:54 PM
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Re: What brand of scope do you prefer

I like the older leupold stuff. New leupolds seem cheap to me.

I have a couple swarovskis and really like them. Considerably lighter than the nightforce scopes.

Never had a NF but certainly wouldnt be opposed to one.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:58 PM
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Re: What brand of scope do you prefer

Originally Posted by long range hunter View Post
why are you not a night force man
Too heavy
Too $$$ by a WIDE margin
Too cluttered of an eyepiece.( Too many lines; dots...etc. I can barely see what Id be aiming at)
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:19 PM
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Re: What brand of scope do you prefer

Burris Timberline scopes are the best little scopes for the money, and are versatile from air rifle, rimfires, black rifles to mountain rifles. 4.5-14x32 AO is the best value in its class, and I have it on my CZ 452 American. I have the 3-9x32 on my FN FAL. Klingon tough and Vulcan logical. Highly affordable. They are not a rebranded outsourced product.

More expensive scopes really depend on your preferences and use. However, the Burris Timberline scopes are really in a league of their own. They are not made by OLW in Japan as are many other value oriented scopes such as Vortex, Sightron, Weaver, Bushnell Elite.....all of which are OLW built.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:37 PM
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Re: What brand of scope do you prefer

Without any hesitation at all I say my Schmit Bender PM2 5x25 is the finest scope that's ever been made. That statement however could easily say "ANY" SB scope. That's not only my personal feeling but SOCOM feels that way based on the amount they spend on their purchase orders, most places that sell them are out but will allow you to backorder, and perhaps most importantly this websites own statistics support the above statements. I personally went through this sites classifieds for optics and in over 500 ads there were only 2 SB's. There were scores of leupolds, nightforces, trijicons, nikons, etc. etc. etc.. But 2 SB's. Once you've shot one everything else is for sale.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:05 PM
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Re: What brand of scope do you prefer

The last four scopes I've bought are from Horus Optics. Two Falcons with H37 Reticles and two Raptors with H58 and H59 reticles. The scopes are Japanese with a level of quality similar to the higher end Burris or Sightron scopes. The Falcon is heavy with a steel tube. I've not had problems with any of them.

Why Horus? Because I'm sold on the "Mil-grid" reticles which give target knob accuracy without knob twiddling. No other reason, but that's reason enough. They're precise and fast when used with rangefinders and wind instruments with either a computer or range cards. I use the Kestrel 4500 with ATRAG software. I don't recommend them for target shooting at fixed ranges or for hunting at ranges where estimating (guessing) drop and windage is good enough.

I've been shooting for about 50 years and have collected quite a few Burris Leupold , B&L and Bushnell scopes plus a few of several other brands.. I've quit buying firearms. I have more than enough. Before I found the Horus scopes my favorite long range scope was the Leupold 16x40 Mk 4. It is light, rugged, and has a huge elevation range but target knobs are much slower to use than the Horus system.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:03 AM
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Re: What brand of scope do you prefer

im on a fixed income so i buy what i can afford. Mostly leupold and nikon. I have no doubt those 2k scopes are great but theres food to buy too.
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