Dilemma with 264WM scope options!

MagnumManiac

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Hi all,
I have just ordered a new Win Model 70 EW 264WM and I am having a huge dilemma.
I plan on still/stalking/glassing with this rifle. There will most likely be more sit and wait than anything else and I don’t know what scope to get.
I am tossing up between a Bushnell Elite 4500 3-9x40 DOA 600, the same in a 3500 or a 6500 2.5-16x40 DOA 600. The Leopold vx-6HD 2-12x42 is also in my sights.
As I predict that few shots beyond 400 will present themselves, I feel I want a nice compact scope without too much magnification.
My problem is that I cannot decide what one to get or whether to go bigger on scope.

I already have a dedicated LR rifle in 264WM, a Sendero based custom with high mag scope.

HELP!!

Please help me choose a SUITABLE scope for the above parameters.

Cheers.
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wildcat455

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If you are 400 yards and in, I can't imagine why a 3X9 wouldn't work for you and keep your rifle light?

I have ageing eyes, so in your dilemma I'd probably be on the higher mag Leupold.
 

jpd676

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I'd look at a 3-9 Super Sniper or maybe the 3-15, just in case you want to go beyond 400. But the Bushnell's would do just fine. I would go with the bigger option as it will do up cose and you can go longer if needed.
 

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If your just going to be getting a sit and wait rifle I wouldn't worry about weight and seriously take a look at the Vortex PST Gen II in the classifieds. Excellent glass, great price and plenty of magnification. You wont have any regrets. If your hiking a lot I would look into a lighter scope. I use Leupold on all my rifles as I hike a lot and don't want to carry around extra weight. If I was planning on doing a sit and shoot I would personally buy a Vortex PST Gen II as they offer a lot for the $$. Especially the one for sale in the classifieds right now. I do not have any field experience with the Gen II series, but I used to own nothing but Vortex scopes before moving to leupold. I dumped them as their low light performance was really bad compared to other scope brands and I got tired of their weight when hiking. I have looked through many of the Gen II PST series scopes and they are MUCH better in every way. Much better eye relief, WAY better glass etc.

Good luck, let us know what you decide.
 

MAGA

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I have a Bushnell 6500 Elite on my Winchester M70 in 308. It's a lot of scope for the money. I've taken antelope with it out to 560 yards.
 

Canhunter35

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Burris veracity 3-15x ur not limited on the low or high end.
I have a 2-10x wish I would’ve gone with the 3-15 but it’s a nice scope
 

MagnumManiac

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Do Bushnell still make the models you have listed?
Yes, I have spent the last week pouring over websites trying to decide which/what scope and magnification.

All info so far is great, I have many Leupold and Bushnell scopes, the Bushnells are all lighter than their equivalent magnification in the Leupolds. This however is not going to limit me to just a Bushnell.

Unfortunately, what prices you guys in the US pay is 2.5 times less than what I pay here. A $300 scope there, is a $700+ scope here.

I am limited to $800 for glass on this rifle, can’t afford anymore than that and would like to spend a little less if I can.
The weight is also a limiting factor since I have had nerve damage to my right shoulder and wrist.

Cheers.
:)
 

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Magnum have you looked at any of the Meopta scopes? I have a couple of the Meopros and the glass in them is very good. I have the same issue here in NZ with the US price compared to our price.
 

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Hmm, that low of a budget you might be looking at an Athlon midas BTR, unless you need FFP. Good optic for the price. If you need FFP look into the athlon argos btr.
 

MagnumManiac

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Magnum have you looked at any of the Meopta scopes? I have a couple of the Meopros and the glass in them is very good. I have the same issue here in NZ with the US price compared to our price.
Thanks kiwi,
I am still looking, the 6500 in 2 1/2-16 is looking like what I will go with........ still unsure, however.

I will look at the Meopta later next week in the shop.
Always prefer to actually look through the glass personally.

It’s a pity I can’t just buy one off this site, but they don’t export apparently.

Cheers.
:)
 
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