reliable scope on a budget

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by mphstigerfan, Feb 11, 2010.

Help Support Long Range Hunting by donating:

  1. mphstigerfan

    mphstigerfan Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    I am about to buy a 300wsm and have a tight scope budget I have seen an old nikon buckmaster 4-12 x50 for 189 drawback is no side adjustment. I was also considering a vortex diamondback, new buckmaster, bushell elite 3200, or vxI in 4-12 x40. I know these are all below the standards most of you have for optics, but it may be the best I can do. I hunt over ean fields but my shots probably will never be over 500 yds. any advice???
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2010
  2. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    I have been running a Wonder Optics tac scope on my hunting rifle and it has been awesome. Glass is better than the list you listed, way better turret feel and function also. Lifetime warranty without a pain in the butt. Everyone that has shot my rifle to checkout the scope have then ordered one or are going to order one. I can sight-in with one shot, hold reticule back on target and measure in MOA where the shot went and make adjustments in MOA, second shot will be on, it's the only scope I have owned that will do that! WOTAC Rifle Scopes
  3. conn338rum

    conn338rum Active Member

    Jan 6, 2010
    You could look at Cabelas
    Alpha 4x12 sometimes they are on sale for $99.00
    yes it's cheap
    Life time replacement
    I have one no issues
  4. sniperjwt

    sniperjwt Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2009
    I have a Osprey International scope that you should consider here is where i got mine from:

    Discount Hunting Gear, Discount Hunting Boots, Discount Shoes, Discount Ammunition, Discount Ammo, Discount Boots, Military Surplus, Outdoor Gear At the Sportsman's Guide

    I have the 10-40x50 and it is very clear. It has the green and red illumanated recticle and has the side focus. I will warn you though the rings and bases that come with it are crap but i have no complants out of the scope itself. Best part is it has a lifetime guarntee that if anything happens to it send it back and they will send you another one. All you have to do is call them up and they will give you there address and a number to put on it. Good luck with your search
  5. ebd10

    ebd10 Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    My experience with the Bushnell Elites is that they are rock-solid, but they lack a little in the elevation for LRH.
  6. 436

    436 Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    You might look at Leupold's... Redfield line.
  7. cal74

    cal74 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2009
    Quite a few Leupold VXII 3-9's out there on the used market with most bringing 170-200.00
  8. glockman55

    glockman55 Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    The 3200's are good scopes, don't feel that you have to spend $1,000 on a scope to be somebody on here. If one has to brag about how much he spent on this and that he must be lacking elsewhere. I've bought a few used scopes through Great prices, and about any scope ever made is on there. Good Luck
  9. load

    load Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    millett trs-1 for mid to long range or lrs1 for ultra longrange. the lrs-1 should beable to adjust to a mile on your rifle with no angled base. i have a 20 moa base on my 300wm and get 115 3/4 moa of usable adjustment from a 0 of 325 yrds. this puts the first mill dot up at 100 threw 200 yrds
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2010
  10. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    ''I will prob never shoot over 500 yds'', I think I read that in your post;

    Burris FF2 all the way for afordability/toughness/and waranty
    I own a few and stand by them 100% out to 600 yds +. I own Nikon too but prefer Burris hands down for an affordable tough scope and they have the Bplex reticle and start under $200!
  11. dls56

    dls56 Member

    Aug 16, 2009
    You mentioned side focus, I only have side adjustment on one of my varmint rifles (.204 Ruger) everything else I hunt with purposely is variable but fixed focus. I practice getting my eye lined up with the center as best I can and it's just one less thing to mess with. The most power on any of my deer rifles is a VXII 4X12 w/ LR reticle and I think 10X is as much as I've ever ramped it up to when taking a shot on a deer. With that said my longest shot has been 360 yards and at least for now my personal limit is 400 as that is as far as I've practiced.
  12. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2008
    Nikon and Burris both have drop reticles in relatively cheap scopes that should easily get you to 500 yards, I use nikon's bdc out to 635 with a wsm, If I remember right Burris's reticle doesn't give as many reference points but should still get you close and the 3200 would be the most specific in elevation adjustment if you don't mind mind fixed 10X ..............................I'm always more impressed with the guy that got the same job done without taking a second mortgage. The results ,discipline, knowledge,awareness and skill are impressive, The Money spent sometimes baffles but never impresses me personally.
  13. roaddog1m

    roaddog1m Well-Known Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    D.ID +1 nuff said
  14. Texas Republic

    Texas Republic Well-Known Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    So you guys think the Mueller scope can handle the recoil of a .50 or .338lm?

    Looking for a temp scope to put on the savage 110BA. I am looking for tactical turrets with variable zoom.

    I have heard good things about Mueller, but someone told me that they werent magnum approved. Guessing that means not for large calibers.

    I have also heard good things about Falcon scopes, but they are hard to find it seems like. They are supposedly approved for the 338LM.

    Any advice would be appreciated.