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#5391047 - 10/31/14 01:02 PM Best rifle scope?
Alec Castonguay Offline
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Going on a rifle hunt later this year and am wanting to upgrade scopes. Looking to spend up to 500$, any suggestions?
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#5391059 - 10/31/14 01:08 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
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Loc: Palo Pinto county
Leupold vx-3

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#5391154 - 10/31/14 02:21 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Cattleman]
ATX_Hunter Offline
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Registered: 09/10/13
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Originally Posted By: Cattleman
Leupold vx-3

I 2nd this

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#5391349 - 10/31/14 04:38 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
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Registered: 07/05/13
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Vortex Viper
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#5391370 - 10/31/14 04:49 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
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Registered: 09/01/04
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Loc: The Dogwood Capital of Texas
Vortex Viper HS in 4x16x44, 30mm tube, side focus, and other upgrades that are TMI for here, from CameraLandNY off the demo list for $450'ish ...with a lifetime Warranty.
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#5391415 - 10/31/14 05:38 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
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Just for hunting? Not using it for long range? Glass a premium? I'd go with a used Zeiss or if you can find a couple hundred more I'd go with a Swarovski...




Edited by Deerhunter61 (10/31/14 05:42 PM)

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#5391790 - 10/31/14 11:39 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
P & Y Offline
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I am not impressed by the clarity of the vortex viper. After the rave reviews from so many people I ordered one. It was a huge let down when I got it out I the range. It tracked well and held zero, just Wasnt all that clear. Sure they have a great warranty but so do some of the other manufacturers. I agree with deer hunter, if your not going to be dialing and shooting long range there are better options than vortex. I would look at the leupold VXR, VX3 and zeiss.
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#5392144 - 11/01/14 09:17 AM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
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zeiss hd5 conquest.. not ffp but clearer than dads vortexpst ffp esp in last 20 min of hunting.
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#5392312 - 11/01/14 11:08 AM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
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...and WHAT PRICE???
Sounds like ya'll are comparing a filet mignion with a hamburger price wise...the OP's post stated he wanted to stay below $500 "if possible".

Lots better scopes out there if you are not concerned about the OP's budget...unfortunately an all too typical response though. Not everybody spends as much as the Long Range crowd on here for equipment nowdays, and I'd be very surprised that they started out with 1K+ capable scopes.

FWIW Your eyes may not see thru a given piece of corrective-magnification lense the same way as anybody else's either. BTDT and am fighting the correction issues on a new to me 3 month old Cornea Replacement, that came from an unknown cadaver donor, right now.
JMHO & YMMV
Ron
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#5392379 - 11/01/14 12:26 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
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All the scopes listed above can be bought at or under the OPs listed budget, except the swaro and hd5. confused2
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#5392499 - 11/01/14 02:34 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Never-mounted-Ze...=item3ceb3e32c6

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Zeiss-Conquest-H...=item27ef4fd334



even the people on a budget need to look at a filet mignion every now and then...
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#5392503 - 11/01/14 02:44 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
roughneck266 Offline
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Registered: 08/10/08
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VX-3 but 3.5-10X40 is likely the most powerful you will find in that price range. That is usually more than enough though.

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#5392594 - 11/01/14 04:47 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
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I'll take a Bushnell Elite over all Leupold's besides a mk4 any day.
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#5392608 - 11/01/14 04:55 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
For your price range, Leupold VX3 or Nikon.

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#5392883 - 11/01/14 08:28 PM Re: Best rifle scope? [Re: Alec Castonguay]
daniel1381 Offline
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Loc: longview texas
Zeiss terra... Also a great scope got mine on a open box deal for 300.00
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