What are the good scopes in the $100-$200 range?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by MajorSpittle, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. MajorSpittle

    MajorSpittle Well-Known Member

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    I am looking for a hunting scope that goes up to 12 or 14 power that will hold zero on my 6lb. 30-06.

    I am looking in the $100-$200 price range and it needs to have mil dots or a BDC. Adjustable parallax is a plus.

    Back in '93 I bought a Simmons Pro50 Plus 4-12X50 with AO and BDC for my 7mm Mag for $110. It held zero perfect and worked flawlessly for the 10years I had the rifle, 350+ rounds, Months in the mountains, and when I sold it I was still shooting 12oz cans at 300yrds never missing.

    Considering that scope was made in Korea in '92 and had for $110, I would think that scopes have came a ways by now and there has to be $150 scopes that are much better. Let me know if my thinking on this is flawed, I do have a Simmons 3.5-10X50 WTC WA scope from the same era. Maybe it is worth more than the $150 I spent on it back then?

    I am not too worried about glass, just holding zero and not falling apart. Once I mount and zero this scope it should never need adjusted or touched again.
     
  2. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    Nikon with a bdc reticle. Using the bdc reticle and not trying to dial back and forth or the bushnell elite mil dot 10x40 if you want to dial........ Those are the only ones I would mess with in that price range.
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    I find that scopes in that range are not very dependable. IMO you have to start somewhere around
    $300.00 and go up to have very much success with scopes.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. lightflight

    lightflight Well-Known Member

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    I have a nikon prostaf BDC on my 270WSM that hasn't skipped a beat.
     
  5. hoovertx4

    hoovertx4 Active Member

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    Check out the vortex diamondback scopes, I think they are around your price range.
     
  6. nateisw

    nateisw Well-Known Member

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    In that price range maybe a Nikon Prostaff or Redfield scope. Right now, hands down the best deal is probably a Bushnell elite in 3-9x40 for about $170 after a $75 rebate but with free shipping from opticsplanet. I know you want a higher magnification, but this is about the best scope you can buy brand new for less than $200. I have one that sits on my 7mm rem mag and I have no complaints.
     
  7. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    Add 100 bucks and you can get a Weaver Tactical 3-10 on sale at Midway now. Mine seems to be working fine.
     
  8. MajorSpittle

    MajorSpittle Well-Known Member

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    Wow, thanks for all the input.

    After reading the glowing reviews for the Vortex Diamond Back I will definately be looking into finding a place I can check that out.