Best scope for the money

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by coachA, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. coachA

    coachA Well-Known Member

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    I may be looking for a mythical creature. I want a scope that is a variable power that goes to at leat 14 has a 30mm tube. I don't really know what type of reticle yet but I am leaning toward a mil-dot. I would like the possibility of using it to range as my long range shooting progresses. I would also like one with some type of zero stop. I would really like to keep it at a $1000 or less. I know there is thousand of options about this but I need some help. I truly believe the more info I can get the better decisions I can make.

    CoachA
     
  2. jpd676

    jpd676 Well-Known Member

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    It is tough to get everything you want in that price range. A good used scope could be an option. Vortex Viper PST is good, but I don't know about the zero stop. I would go to SWFA.com and look at the super sniper 3-15 ($700.00). Some guys on Sniper's Hide are making a zero stop for it for $20.00.
     
  3. North Idaho Hunter

    North Idaho Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Vortex Viper HS LR 4-14x44
    Zero stop with 75 MOA of elevation adjustment, has an exposed elevation turret, capped windage turret. You can get a dead hold BDC or mildot reticle I believe. for $460 off camera land.

    They truly have one of the best warranty's in the business.
     
  4. Iclimb

    Iclimb Well-Known Member

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    I can get you a vortex viper HS-t 4-14x44 with the mil setup for $520. I like it over the HS-LR for the exposed windage . If you ever have to send it in they'll be back in a week, no questions warranty to any owner, good clear glass. What more can you ask for? Pm me if your interested...

    I don't think the above mentioned come in mil-dot, I don't see where they are $460 either, maybe you have to add it to the cart to show up...
     
  5. MHO

    MHO Well-Known Member

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    Vortex PST would get my vote.
     
  6. coachA

    coachA Well-Known Member

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    I see there is a lot of people that like their vortex scopes. What's the difference between the PST ans the HS?
     
  7. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    You should also know about Sightron scopes. The Sightron III scopes glass is a step up from the Vortex PST glass. The Sightrons do not have zero stop but they have open turrets that dial extremely well and come in 6-24x50, 8-32x56 AND 10-50x60! in the tactical scopes. They have a good ranging reticle with 2 MOA hash marks. They are popular with F-Class shooters etc. I think the 8-32x56 is right about $900.00

    I have a Vortex PST and a Sightron III and like them both.
     
  8. lever-hed

    lever-hed Well-Known Member

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    get a Wahiba Vicon Lightforce 20x, they're supposed to be worth every penny!
     
  9. sdriverbottom

    sdriverbottom Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for Sightron S3..I have had mine for 3 years. Always performed and tracked great. Friend of mine has one as well with the same results.
     
  10. desertbull

    desertbull Well-Known Member

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    Vortex, Sightron SIII and a Leupold Mark 4. Not sure the price on Leupold, but you can find them used on EBAY often.

    Nightforce has a new scope for around $1000, not sure on the specs though.
     
  11. Iclimb

    Iclimb Well-Known Member

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    That new NF LOOKS GOOD :D:D
    If you end up finding a vortex you like, pm and I'll see if I can hook you up.
     
  12. Rudolph Optics

    Rudolph Optics Official LRH Sponsor

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    At a retail price of $950 you are not going to find better "Value for Money" than the Rudolph C1 6-24x50mm T3 Illuminated reticle.


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  13. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    New Burris Scopes - XTR II and Veracity

    The OP should look at the new Burris XTR II scopes, in particular the 3-15X50 model. They have all the features on your wish list. AFAIK, the Burris Veracity scopes have the same optics, but a different mechanical design and reticles.

    Both model lines have FFP reticles. For long range hunting, I prefer the Veracity reticles because they have better visibility at low magnification. The 3-15X Veracity does not have a zero stop, so you may want to consider the 4-20X model instead. The Veracity scopes I saw at the SHOT Show had very good optics.

    XTR II Scopes - rifle scopes, handgun scopes, hunting scopes by Burris Optics

    Veracity Scopes - rifle scopes, handgun scopes, hunting scopes by Burris Optics
     
  14. RCrem700

    RCrem700 Active Member

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    It depends on what HS scope you are looking at. I have an HS-T, and the main difference between that and the PST is the reticle. The PST has an etched glass iluminated reticle, while the HS-T has a wire reticle with no ilumination. Also, the PST is available in a FFP model, while the HS-t is SFP. They have the same turrets and zero stop, and IMO there is no noticeable difference in the glass.