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#5538356 - 01/12/15 05:30 PM best scope for 243
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I shoot 100gr bullets if it makes a difference. I have a 3-9 by 50 off my dads 30-06. texas

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#5538359 - 01/12/15 05:31 PM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: outdoorsman916]
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who makes the scope?? I run vortex viper pst and so far I like it a lot.. I also am digging my 12x swfa scope glass is clearer than my 900.00 vortex. I paid 249.00 for the swfa
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#5538370 - 01/12/15 05:35 PM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: outdoorsman916]
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3-9 would do just fine.
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#5538379 - 01/12/15 05:37 PM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: outdoorsman916]
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Lots of variables.
Hunting or target?
What kind of hunting?
How far do you shoot?
How much is your budget?
Is there something wrong with the 3-9 you have now?

If you're hunting deer under a feeder at 100 yds your 3-9 is just fine. Most of my guns wear a 4.5-14x40 Leupold because I think that is the perfect scope for the hunting I do.
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#5538408 - 01/12/15 05:47 PM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: outdoorsman916]
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deer hunting and target. I shoot around 100 yds. my budget is 300. There is nothing wrong with it not sure if there is a better option.

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#5538421 - 01/12/15 05:54 PM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: outdoorsman916]
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leupold vx1 would do everything you want.
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#5538432 - 01/12/15 05:59 PM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: outdoorsman916]
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I'd save your money. It sounds like you are set up pretty well. @ 100 yds. you should be "driving tacks".
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#5538475 - 01/12/15 06:13 PM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: daniel1381]
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Originally Posted By: daniel1381
leupold vx1 would do everything you want.


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#5538503 - 01/12/15 06:22 PM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: outdoorsman916]
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Vortex Crossfire or Diamondback would be nice. Lots of options for less than $300.
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#5538510 - 01/12/15 06:25 PM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: outdoorsman916]
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If you are only shooting 100 yards, and the scope you have works properly and holds a solid zero, I wouldn't spend a penny on a new scope. I'd buy lots of ammo and go shoot.
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#5538608 - 01/12/15 07:03 PM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: outdoorsman916]
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Agreed, lots of people get real hung up on fancy glass (I tend to be one of them as I sit here unboxing my new Zeiss 6.5-20) but I killed a LOT of deer with my old Tasco 3-9 before I realized the error of my ways. If the scope you have now holds zero spend the money on ammo and have fun. If you really want an upgrade for a bargain pick up a used Leupold Vari-x 2. You can get them all day for $200 and they are great scopes. Sill carry the Leupold warranty and everything.
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#5539620 - 01/13/15 08:00 AM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: outdoorsman916]
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I own 20+ various hunting rifles previously owned by my father and grandfather that have old plain ole Redfields or Leupolds. I have not altered these scopes or guns out of respect and all but one scope holds zero. Not sure of the quality of new scopes, but the older ones in my opinion are relaible.
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#5539689 - 01/13/15 08:30 AM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
If you are only shooting 100 yards, and the scope you have works properly and holds a solid zero, I wouldn't spend a penny on a new scope. I'd buy lots of ammo and go shoot.


Yup. The guy that shoots more will be more prepared when the fatal shot needs to be delivered.

Another option, if $300 is burning a hole in the pocket is to get the equipment to hand load.
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#5539961 - 01/13/15 10:19 AM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
If you are only shooting 100 yards, and the scope you have works properly and holds a solid zero, I wouldn't spend a penny on a new scope. I'd buy lots of ammo and go shoot.


Yup. The guy that shoots more will be more prepared when the fatal shot needs to be delivered.

Another option, if $300 is burning a hole in the pocket is to get the equipment to hand load.


Yep, mount it and start shooting. We have 2 .243s and they both wear 3x9s (Dad's was going to get a 4-12 this year as his eyesight is going, but I bought a 7mm-08 out of the blue and it's going on that).

Another option on the $300 is trigger work/replacement, action bedding, and barrel free-floating.
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#5540074 - 01/13/15 10:55 AM Re: best scope for 243 [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG

Another option, if $300 is burning a hole in the pocket is to get the equipment to hand load.


This! Aside from lots of practice, reloading has done more to shrink group sizes for me than anything else.

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