Scope question?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Tjurgensen, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. Tjurgensen

    Tjurgensen Active Member

    Apr 24, 2013
    I am getting a new deer rifle and I want info on the scope for it. The gun is a Tikka T3 lite stainless in a 270 WSM. I don't have much experience with scopes so I need help. I will be hunting on in Kansas in the fields and thin timber, I will also be shooting pronghorn in the plains of Wyoming. I want the power to be no less than 12 and adjustable. Any objective 40mm and bigger will do. 1/8 inch adjustments would be nice but I can do with 1/4. I would like the finish to be stainless to match the gun and my price range is $150 and under. Any advice, suggestions, or experience would be greatly appreciated.

  2. digger11

    digger11 Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    That's a tough one.With a budget of $150,not a lot of options. Look at Tasco or
    maybe BSA.
    Look at the classifieds for something used. When does your season start? I'd keep saving and buy something a little later in the year.
  3. nateisw

    nateisw Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2012
    That is a tight budget for what you want. Try looking at the Simmons 44mag series rifle scopes. I think they only come in black though.
  4. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    With a budget of $150 or less....shoot open sights!
  5. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2011

    I didn't know you could buy a tube with glass lenses in it for 150 bucks...that worked anjd lasted.
  6. Welderboy250

    Welderboy250 Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2013
    In the case that anyone cares, here is my opinion based on my experience with cheap scopes. You might as well skip the 12 power deal case they aren't fit to look through above about 8 or possibly 9 power. It costs more for more power so if u have 2 scopes of $150 market value each and one is a 3-9x40 and the other is 4-12x40 the latter will be of lower quality. In fact I would venture to say if both scopes were set on 9 power and field tested the 3-9 would almost seem like it was more powerful due to the image quality. What I'm saying is if I had only 150 to spend I would be looking for the highest quality used scope I could get my hands around for that amount and it would likely be a 3-9x something because they seem to be the most popular. My personal ideal opportunity in that situation would be something along the lines of a xv2 leupold with some serious battle scars and ring marks that I could fix up with some model paint to match the gun. Might not be as pretty as a new cheapo but like so many things, the true beauty is on the inside
  7. Akkill

    Akkill Well-Known Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    I asked a similar question but with a little more money (250) if i was in your shoes, i would shoose a burris ff2 2-7x32mm and balistic plex reticle or leupold rifleman 2-7x32mm and maybe a vortex crossfire 2 3-9x40mm bdc ret.

    i´m not so sure about the vortex crossfire becuse i don´t have any experience with them, i realy prefer more optic quality than hig magnification power even for long shots.
  8. Gus McCrae

    Gus McCrae Well-Known Member

    Mar 16, 2013
    This might be your best option...

    Nikon 4-12x40 ProStaff Rifle Scope DEMO-B

    SWFA's sample list is a great place to find some good scopes for discounted prices.

    (Mods...I hope it's within the rules to post links to vendors. If not feel free to delete.)