Best Sub-$300 3-9x40?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by boattailed bandit, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. boattailed bandit

    boattailed bandit Well-Known Member

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    Im looking at getting a nice 3-9x40. I currently have a 4-12x40 mildot prostaff nikon and i just dont need it. Ive came to terms that my farthest shot on a good day will be 250-300 yards. I used a 3-9x40 bushnell and it did everything i wanted. Im going with a 3-9x40 its just a matter of what brand. Im thinking of going with leupold. Either their VX1 or VX2. But i dont want to count out other brands. So what would yall suggest? Im looking for the best clarity, durability, and value out there. Any help?
     
  2. 6x6 elk

    6x6 elk Well-Known Member

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    Weaver grand slam tactical. Midway has them on sale for $299 with free shipping.
     
  3. boattailed bandit

    boattailed bandit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! Ill look into that one. I have really had just the traditional style scope in mind. As opposed to exposed turrets as i wont be dialing in. Ill be looking into it though!!
     
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  5. boattailed bandit

    boattailed bandit Well-Known Member

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    Wow that is nice. How much will i lose goin from a 40 bell to a 32 though?
     
  6. oldfortyfiveauto

    oldfortyfiveauto Well-Known Member

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    Pretty much nothing in my experience. Bell size doesn't mean much until you get into the higher dollar scopes. I've got one of these and consider it the best all around general use scope for the money. Even on rimfires.
     
  7. boattailed bandit

    boattailed bandit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. Ill for sure look into it. What about the standard diamond back series? Are they any good?
     
  8. oldfortyfiveauto

    oldfortyfiveauto Well-Known Member

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    They are good, but when you can get that 2-8 with parallax for around $230 I wouldn't go any further.
     
  9. boattailed bandit

    boattailed bandit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. Im still kind of leaning toward the leupold vx1, but not sold yet. I like the diamondback. Atleast what im hearing anyways. Im gonna try to get my hands on all of them soon and see for sure.
     
  10. jfseaman

    jfseaman Well-Known Member

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    There's not much better than a Leupold VX2 3-9x40 for the price.

    It takes a kicken and stays solid.
     
  11. Garycrow

    Garycrow Well-Known Member

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    This. Sub-$300 & a 3-9x40 screams Leupold VX2. Great scope with great optics, the improvement from the VX1 to the 2 is well worth the extra $. If you want a turret later them send it to leupold for a M1.

    I wouldn't touch a low end vortex like the diamondback. You won't find a better value than the leupold VX2.
     
  12. boattailed bandit

    boattailed bandit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks folks. Im gonna look at both the vx1 and vx2 as soon as i can to decide for sure. From what ive heard the older vx1 were lacking quite a bit, but the newer ones are on par with what the vx2 used to be? And ofcourse the vx2 is better than the vx1.
     
  13. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    I too am a Leupold fan but don't overlook the Burris scopes on your price range.

    You might also want to consider >>> Primary Arms 4-14 Review

    Last month I got a Minox ZV3 4.5-14x44 SF BDC 400 (Minox - Camera Land NY) and is an awesome scope.

    Good luck!
     
  14. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    I agree about the VX-2 being a good scope. The VX-1 scopes have a two-piece tube, and they aren't always straight. Low end Vortex scopes have poor contrast due to high glare. Another scope to consider in your price range is Burris E1. The same mechanics and optics are offered in several different trim lines and reticles.