What’s the best deer hunting scope for under $500?

jeffreyjwilliams

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Hello,
I am looking for a new rifle scope for deer hunting. Hoping to keep it under $500. I will be hunting in Texas and Arkansas. The likely range will be less than 200 yards. Most of the time we will be shooting from deer blinds. I am shooting a Tikka T3x lite in 6.5 cm. I have been checking out the vortex diamondback tactical but looking for some other options.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
 

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for hunting out of a blind , at 200 yards and in , you don't need tactical . there will be no need to dial , no need for side focus . I think what you need is a 3-9 that is good in low light .

I don't know what out there compares , but if Zeiss still made the conquest 3-9x40 , that would probably be an ideal scope for you . I have a few of these and use them as you are planning to . at the end they sold these for $400 .
 

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This is easier said than done but if you can take a look through a few different scopes before you purchase one that would help a lot. Everyone’s eyes are different; what looks great to me might look awful to you, and vice-versa.

By having a look through several brands in one sitting you can get a good idea of what your eye likes!
 

ndking1126

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Vortex Razor LH on sale at Eurooptic for less than $500.
That's a fantastic deal. It says closeout, I'd buy one if I hadn't just dropped $8k on replacing an ac. No kidding, best glass by far in that price range.

After that, I'd look at a VX-3HD probably. Midway has them right at $500, buy you might do better elsewhere, not sure.
 

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That's a fantastic deal. It says closeout, I'd buy one if I hadn't just dropped $8k on replacing an ac. No kidding, best glass by far in that price range.

After that, I'd look at a VX-3HD probably. Midway has them right at $500, buy you might do better elsewhere, not sure.
Agreed. The Razor LH can't be touched by anything else in the closeout price range.

The VX-3HD is a nice optic for it's price point, but it's not even close to the Razor LH.
 

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Can't argue with the Razor, but two other options are the Burris Signature HD 3-15x44, I have one on the same Tikka and like it very much and an even lower budget scope is the Diamondback HP 4-16×42 at Midway for 199 bucks. I have one of these also and for the low end optics, unbeatable IMO.
 

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At 2-300 yards with a 6.5C that Burris would more than do. Here is a heck of a deal, a Burris Veracity (Blem) 3x15x50 Ballistic Plex FFP at Natchess.

 
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