Long Range Optics on a Budget?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by mpd1504, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. mpd1504

    mpd1504 Member

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    Since 1995 I have been using a Leupold Vari-X III Tactical 3.5-10 x 50mm, recently I have shimmed my base .028" to provide an additional 20 moa. That move got me out to 950 yards, but it seems that I will need to change to a 40mm objective in order to get more distance. Here lies my issue.

    Does anybody know of a long range scope worth buying that is not $800 and up? Does anybody have an opinion on makes such as BSA or Barska?
     
  2. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    If your looking at Barska or BSA you should look at Wonder Optics, it would be a huge step up from the other two. It has 100MOA of elevation, if I remember right I have 70-80 MOA left with my rail shimmed 20MOA ish. 4-14, 30mm tube 50mm objective, $329 and a Lifetime warranty.
     

  3. Senderofan

    Senderofan Well-Known Member

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    You might want to check out a Vortex Viper 6.5-20X. There are two models..one with a 44 mm front objective and one with a 50mm. I've seen a price for the 44mm at @ $399 and $499 for the 50mm. A very good friend of mine has the 50mm on his AR....it's an extremely nice scope for the $.

    Good Luck,

    Wayne
     
  4. ackiddblast

    ackiddblast Active Member

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    Sightron SIII 6 X 24 X 50 with mil-dot reticle cost me $699 through Natchez shooters supply. Awesome scope for the price.

    AC Barnett
     
  5. Bob the nailer

    Bob the nailer Well-Known Member

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    I have tried the BSA Platinum 36X and they are darn good for the money! crisp clear sight picture (edge to edge), paralux adjusts very good, tracking prescise. I was very impressed with how they preformed. No issues with losing zero, I use it for load development and like the value of an affordable 36X
     
  6. knc1105

    knc1105 Well-Known Member

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    I got a Millett LRS ( Long Range Scope ) 6-25x56 Illuminated Mildot Bar Reticle it is rated for a 50BMG and 338 Lapua with a brake ( most scopes will not stand the negative force of a brake, not even a spring airgun ) They also have some other powers that are 30mm tubes, this big beast is a 35mm tube and comes with a killer set of rings ( looks like Burris Extreme Tactical or Badger style) This scope has 140 MOA of elevation in it. It is big but it's crystal clear, etched glass reticle, side focus, includes big sunshade and flip up rubber caps for $459-479 depending on where you buy it. I talked to several suppliers and SWFA and others said that at first they had some returns but since Bushnell bought them out they had not had one returned and Bushnell really perfected it and a 50BMG scope, Rings, Caps, and sunshade delivered for under $500 is a REAL DEAL. I did not mention, mine is on a 338 Ultra Mag Custom.
     
  7. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for the SIII 6-24x50 LRMD!

    Another source is SWFA for $679.95

    Sightron 6-24x50 SIII 30mm Riflescope

    Good luck!

    Ed
     
  8. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    Are you wanting to get a scope with more adjustment? The 3.5-10 models seem to be lacking compaired to other models for some reason. It seems that usually most lower powered riflescopes have more adjustments then their higher magnification counter parts. With this Leupold it is the opposite. I would get a 20moa rail and get the Burris rings with the inserts. Then you could customize the mounting system to fit your needs. The problem with this is that you may not be able to get a zero as close as you desire.
     
  9. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    watch the classifieds here and there are always good used scopes
     
  10. mpd1504

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    Thanks for the input. I have a 20 MOA shim under my base but I will look for the Burris rings with inserts. Thanks again.
     
  11. Akkill

    Akkill Well-Known Member

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    don`t forget sightron SIII 3-10x56 , target turrets, 30mm tube, 120 MOA and better glass than leupold around 700 dls.
     
  12. roaddog1m

    roaddog1m Well-Known Member

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    Hey, check out the SWFA Super Sniper. SWFA SS Riflescope I think that link will get you there. Plenty of vertical adjustment, mildot, tall turrets with perfect tracking, rear focus and 30mm tube. It won a navy contract and hundreds have been sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. As far as recoil, it will handle 50BMG! Water proof guaranteed to 15 feet deep and an operating range of -50 to 130 degrees. Only SWFA is licensed to sell them, so the absence of middle men bring the price of the scope down to $300.00 When it is tested, it is always tested against Vari-X IV and NF scopes. Not as good but damn close at just about a 900 bones less! Check out the various sniper forums. They have all done reviews of it.

    Tom
     
  13. 243yote

    243yote Well-Known Member

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    You should give Hawke rifle scopes a try? The are affordable and are good scopes. Scopes are clear and I have not had any trouble with them in low light. :D
     
  14. ba19500

    ba19500 Well-Known Member

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    Based on about 1 1/2 years experience, I could recommend the 10X Super Sniper on the low end of the budget scale.
     
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