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#5496817 - 12/24/14 12:42 AM scope time!
thatoneguy Offline
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Registered: 12/15/14
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so i just scrounged up the funds for my first ever actual rifle! now its time for some glass. will be a week or two before i can get it. but much like my rifle, im on a tight budget. that said, i had a brief discussion with some of the awesome people here. but felt i should post in the proper place for going more into detail. i think my limit on the scope will be roughly $120 done and done out the door.i don't really want to go above that, because then the scope will be worth more than the rifle itself. so i did some looking, and im down to these:

Bushnell Banner 3-9x40 Illuminated CF500 Reticle

Bushnell Banner 3-9x40 Riflescope Matte Multi-X

Hawke Sport Optics Sport HD IR 2-7x32 AO Rifle Scope

Sightron SI Hunter 3-9X40 Riflescope

Weaver Kaspa 3-9X40 Dual-X

and the Sniper 3-9x32mm MilDot Compact Riflescope 3-9X32MAOL
or it larger variant Sniper 4-16x50mm MilDot Riflescope 4-16X50ML

for hunting im positive i wont need that much magnification (4-16). but its affordable, and i like the name.
anyways. ideas? suggestions? thoughts? advice? has somebody tried the sniper products? really digging the sniper 3-9x32mm
but since this is my first purchase i would really appreciate input, once again. im sure everybody answers posts like this every day,
atleast 10,000 times. but im not much for youtube reviews. rather get info from actual hunters, instead of some kid with daddies money who couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if he was in it. bushnell seems okay for the price and weaver seems good as well. i realize you get what you pay for. but i would really like to keep this practical. my buddy hunts in a peculiar fashion (golf cart and beers) so i dont need anything to crazy. thanks everyone!

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#5496823 - 12/24/14 12:55 AM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
wp75169 Offline
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Sightron S1 gets my vote.

Not judging but a golf cart and cold beer sounds like something that happens much later in a hunting lifetime. Not the true ethics and values needed to get started. Good luck with search.

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#5497038 - 12/24/14 08:11 AM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
thatoneguy Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 47
sightron is definitely up there for me. how is the low light vision on it? is it actually visible in low light?
and yeah, hes an older gentleman. but wear a hunters hat with a raccoon sewn on it, for "extra warmth". so golf cart and beers is his thing haha

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#5497067 - 12/24/14 08:25 AM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
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Why not a Pentax Gameseeker?
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#5497361 - 12/24/14 10:44 AM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
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sightron
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#5497487 - 12/24/14 11:32 AM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
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I'd look for something with less bells and whistles so that the cost of production is focused more on better glass and mechanicals.
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#5497684 - 12/24/14 01:04 PM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
thatoneguy Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 47
so its come down to the sightron s1, the sniper 4-16x50, and the Bushnell Banner 3-9x40 multi x
so heres a few questions i got.

on the variable zoom scopes. would zooming in throw off the zero alot? obviously it will go back to being zeroed in once i go back to the original magnification. but will it throw it off much? or does it not affect it?
as for the hairs, which would you guys consider good to learn with? HHR? mill dot?
the nearest place that sells anything gun related is a 56 minute drive...so i cant quite go just to look through some scopes.
is FFP mil dot better? or is a single magnification scope best? how can i tell if a scope is FFP?
and is it better to use single point or dual point mounts for the scope?

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#5497721 - 12/24/14 01:23 PM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
wp75169 Offline
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Sightron built a hell of a scope company off the original S1.

As far as zero changing with magnification change it should never happen. If it does you bought the wrong scope for sure.

I agree with river rider. Given your budget go with the basic plex reticle. When/if your ready to spend a little more look into mil-dots. In my personal opinion you are not going to accurately dial a scope or do hold overs on a reticle in your budget.

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#5497743 - 12/24/14 01:39 PM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
thatoneguy Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 47
okay cool. well i looked into it a little more. and im going with the sightron s1 with the plex ret. thanks guys! cant wait to have everything put together! since its a 40mm im guessing some medium height rings would be a good fit? so it doesnt make contact with the barrel

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#5499298 - 12/25/14 01:10 PM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6220
Loc: Wise Co.
That sounds about right. I usually end up going with mediums when mounting a 40mm scope. I don't think you mentioned what your rifle is, at least not in this thread. I probably won't matter much except when it comes to choosing bases.

Don't go with the cheapest bases and rings. Also, the front dovetail/windage adjustable rear is an absolute abomination! Dual dovetail setups are very decent, and there is some very good steel Weaver-style stuff available, such as Warne. Picatinny bases are very good if you like the looks of them. I'd stay away from Tasco, the cheapest aluminum Weaver, and the like. The scope you've chosen is not bad at all and you don't want to compromise its performance by saving twenty or thirty dollars when mounting it.
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#5499753 - 12/25/14 07:51 PM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
thatoneguy Offline
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Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 47
its the ruger american in .243 and i think the one i got comes with weaver bases! as for rings i was thinking $40 range. and my friend got a bushnell banner series and i liked it so i might go with that instead. the place i got my rifle at sells it for about 109.00 + tax so i might just get that, seemed nice and clear at the range

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#5499754 - 12/25/14 07:52 PM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
thatoneguy Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 47
checked taxes. no taxes! so 109.00 out the door!

http://www.armedinamerica.com/p-73958-bu...blk-cf-500.aspx

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#5500548 - 12/26/14 11:49 AM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
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Aluminum Weavers are not that bad, but if possible I'd opt for a Warne steel base. Weaver has also offered steel bases in the past, and if you can get them for your application they're fine.

I understand budget limitations, but if you can afford a better scope than a Bushnell Banner then you'd be much better off spending more. Ruger Americans have already earned a reputation for very good accuracy, and you wouldn't want to handicap a rifle with that kind of potential.

Natchez is running a special on Redfield blems right now. You might want to take a look at what they're offering. I think the Redfield is a much better scope.
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#5501916 - 12/27/14 08:42 AM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
thatoneguy Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 47
i'll take a look into it! didnt even consider redfield scopes. thanks! rifle should be in today so i'll see what happens

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#5503017 - 12/27/14 06:13 PM Re: scope time! [Re: thatoneguy]
thatoneguy Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/15/14
Posts: 47
so i fell in love with the redfield revenge, but due to my bank being closed...i wont have the money in till monday. any idea when the sale is over? i looked on there and couldnt find anything...

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