varmint scope suggestions

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by thumbs, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. thumbs

    thumbs Well-Known Member

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    Just picked up a .17 varmint rifle. I want to use it for ground hogs here in Pa. and prairie dogs in the west. I am looking for the best bang for the buck when it comes to optics for the rifle. Two years ago I was in SD and was using a Tasco scope that went to 24x. To tell ya the truth I never put it over about 14x. This was on a .223. I have used a center point on another .17 and found it pretty good. Anyway for the ranges I will be shooting with the .17HMR what would be some good options for my new varmint rifle?


    thanks for the help
     
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  2. wyowinchester

    wyowinchester Well-Known Member

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    I have a Leupold VXIII 6.5-20x50. Get it with the "varmint retical" very helpful for known ranges. Zeroed at 200, I have crosshairs out to 500 with 10 and 20 mph wind points. Love it on my vamint rifle.
     
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    wyowinchester Well-Known Member

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  4. thumbs

    thumbs Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys I'll check them out. Always interested in info.

    thanks
     
  5. dstark

    dstark Well-Known Member

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    I highly recommend the Nikon Buckmaster series. Specifically the 3-9x40 BDC. Great scopes right around the $200 mark. If you want a little more or a little less the Nikon monarch and prostaff scopes give you a lot at their respective price points and are available in various powers and reticles.
     
  6. thumbs

    thumbs Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone tried one of the Mueller scopes? I have them on a couple of rifles but not on a varmint rifle. Just wondering what your thoughts may be on their scopes?
     
  7. outback andy

    outback andy Active Member

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    Yea, I have a couple of Mueller 4-12x40 Diamondbacks, they are a smaller in size which I like for my CZ rifles...
     
  8. lewwetzel

    lewwetzel Well-Known Member

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    Absolute best buy in a scope right now: Nikon 6-18X Buckmaster @ Midway USA. $229 for multi-plex reticle, a little more for the BDC and dot FCH. I have the mil-dot model and it's a very good scope for the money; side focus to boot! Good glass; only gripe would be the restricted "tunnel vision" sensation, but no deal-breaker for an all-around good/very good package.
    Still had some left last time I checked.
     
  9. charlesasmith

    charlesasmith Member

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    The Nikon Buckmaster 6-18 does have significant loss of sight picture with a very small movement of the head.

    However, it has 1/8 minute clicks, sunshade, and a scope cover. I went with the mil-dot version which I prefer, but not sure if they are still available.

    Chuck
     
  10. outback andy

    outback andy Active Member

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    I ment that to be the Vortex Diamond-Back 4-12x40, if you looking for a smaller frame scope for around 200.00 on sale..
     
  11. tuck2

    tuck2 Well-Known Member

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    I have shot a bunch of prairie dogs using a Cooper 57 M LVT 17 HMR rifle with a Burris 4.5 -14 AO Full Field II scope. I like the scope set at 14 X . I m not up on current brand scopes but I would not go over 16 X power scope for a 17 HMR rifle. At 50 yards the field of view is somewhat limited.
     
  12. Armored Transport

    Armored Transport Well-Known Member

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    Sightron S-III with the LRMOA reticle. I like the 8-32x56. I would rather have the power if I decide to need it than not have it at all.
     
  13. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    Thumbs. did you mean MILLET scopes? They are owned buy Bushnell now and all made in China but are good "medium quality" scopes.

    My favorite Millet scopes have mil-mil reticles. I may put one on my new Ruger American 22-250 rifle.

    Burris has much more expensive XTR II scopes that are mil-mil.

    Personally I will now only buy mil-mil scopes after using my Bushnell ERS 3.5-21 X50 scope with H 59 reticle.
    MOA is a thing of the past for me.