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#5595792 - 02/12/15 09:53 AM Buy starter scope? Or wait?
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Woodsman

Registered: 11/04/11
Posts: 194
Loc: Lubbock, TX
I recently picked up a new .308 and am looking for glass to top it off with. I would really like to put some money into a decent scope like a vortex pst or swfa hd. I am ok spending the money necessary to do that but it will be a few paychecks while I save up.

I also have a .22 bolt gun that j wouldn't mind upgrading the scope on. If I purchased something now for the .308 in the $300 or so range I could then move it to the .22 when I upgraded the .308. Is there any point in this or should I just wait?

Any scopes in the $300 range or so you would recommend to get me going?

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#5595810 - 02/12/15 10:01 AM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: RCINTX]
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You may want to look at Natchez Shooting Supply. The frequently have Demos and Refurbished high end scopes for sale. I get there newsletter and monthly catalogue which is where the "hot deals" are listed. I suggest you go to there website and sign up for their newsletter. I have bought both optics and barrels from them..their prices and service is hard to beat.


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#5595822 - 02/12/15 10:09 AM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: RCINTX]
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If you have another use for the $300 scope (to put on the 22), I don't think there is anything wrong with that. Or you could just save up your $ and then get the one you really want up

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#5595828 - 02/12/15 10:12 AM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: RCINTX]
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Loc: Mansfield
Spend the $300 on a Burris, and don't worry about upgrading.
I was in the same position and put a Burris C4 on a new 7mm I had. Thought I would upgrade later, but its been a great scope.

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#5596312 - 02/12/15 02:50 PM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: RCINTX]
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I've learned over the years that spending the extra money on good quality optics really makes a hunting experience better for a number of different reasons. That's why my hunting rifles have Accupoints. If it's just a gun to shoot at paper for fun, and you're not dialing in for distance, go cheap. what difference will it make?

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#5596497 - 02/12/15 04:55 PM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: RCINTX]
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I'd get one of the Redfield revolution scopes in 2-7x. Would be great on a .22 when you upgrade ti a more expensive scope, and well below your $300 threshold.


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#5596508 - 02/12/15 05:03 PM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: RCINTX]
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What are you going to use the .308 for?
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#5596555 - 02/12/15 05:32 PM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: RCINTX]
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I got a rimfire Nikon 2-7x from optics planet a few weeks ago for $160 shipped and am very impressed with it for the cost.
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#5596608 - 02/12/15 05:54 PM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: Crews]
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Originally Posted By: Crews
I've learned over the years that spending the extra money on good quality optics really makes a hunting experience better for a number of different reasons.


Well put. All my rifles wear Vortex Optics. I love them, I own a Viper 2.5-10x50, Viper PST 4-16x50, and a Diamondback 3-9x40. I bought the Diamondback 1st and now it is on a .17 HMR. If I could turn back the clock I would have bought the nicer scopes 1st then bought some 100 dollar Crossfire for my .17 HMR or a used Diamondback.

I just kept upgrading because once I looked through nice optics I only wanted to hunt with them. Buying a used Vortex Viper PST is the best bet I think. Used Vortex scopes are great because you can send them into Vortex and they will check everything to make sure its working correctly and you still have the unconditional lifetime warranty; not to mention they are awesome scopes!
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#5596789 - 02/12/15 07:35 PM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: RCINTX]
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Which will be shot more, and which is more important? How far do you want to push the .308?

If it were me, I'd get "the" scope for the .308 and worry about the .22 later.
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#5596947 - 02/12/15 08:34 PM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Which will be shot more, and which is more important? How far do you want to push the .308?

If it were me, I'd get "the" scope for the .308 and worry about the .22 later.


I agree with JG on this one...it sounds to me like you're thinking about twisting turrets and a scope meant for that duty just wouldn't be right on a rimfire. If you plan on just hunting with the .308 and keeping it within typical ranges, then an ordinary reticle and turrets oughta be suitable for it, and practical for a good rimfire rifle later on.
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#5597137 - 02/12/15 10:11 PM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: RCINTX]
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I'd save my pennies and buy a good scope for the .308. Buy once cry once.

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#5597197 - 02/12/15 11:07 PM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: RCINTX]
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Woodsman

Registered: 11/04/11
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
The .308 will be used for occasional hunting but mainly targets. I am wanting to learn to shoot distance, develop loads, the whole 9 yards. The .22 is cheap and fun to shoot.

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#5597287 - 02/13/15 05:35 AM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: RCINTX]
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In that case, save up at least $800. Don't do what so many of us have done and get one "close enough" or one you didn't know better about, only later to sell it and get the right scope you should have got on the first place. Because unless you buy the "close enough" scope used you will take a loss on it when you sell it.
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#5597294 - 02/13/15 06:01 AM Re: Buy starter scope? Or wait? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Woodsman

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Loc: Lubbock, TX
FiremanJG - I am strongly considering the Vortex PST ffp 6-24x50. i think that's the one I'll end up with. Is there another I should consider instead?

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