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#5801363 - 06/22/15 10:54 PM Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range
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Ok I am doing some work on my beloved Remmy 700 in 300 Win Mag and decided she needed some new glass. She current has a Nikon buck masters with in 4.5 x 14x 40. I am looking for a similar power scope, just one with better glass. I have be partial to Leupolds and Nikons as I have always had good experiences with both. I was checking out optics at midway and there are a lot of options in less than $800 price range including some Zeiss scopes. Anyone have any constructive suggestions?

One scope that intrigued me was the 50 mm Leupolds with the little 1/2 circle missing so you can mount it as low as a 40 mm. Anyone have one of these?

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#5801504 - 06/23/15 06:42 AM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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I'd look at the vx6 if you want a Leupold.
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#5802069 - 06/23/15 01:12 PM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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I second that.

Something to watch out for when mounting a scope as low as it will go...I've been there. I fiddled around with rings and bases I had on hand getting a new rifle set up. I was very focused on getting the objective as close to the barrel as possible and the second or third combination worked beautifully. The objective cleared the barrel by about 1/16 inch. I was pleased with my effort until I discovered the bolt handle would not clear the ocular. Sometimes there's such a thing as "too much of a good thing." You might find specific guidance on the L series scopes if you ask around or make good use of google.
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#5802216 - 06/23/15 02:49 PM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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The VX-6 is superior but a little more than your budget. In your price range the VX-R 4-12 is a great scope with good low light performance. With the Vx-r I can clearly see the feeder at 180 yards before and after legal light. I've never used the VX-3L that your talking about but it seems a gimmick to me. You gain the 56mm objective but lose surface area withe scallop. Does that make it a wash.

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#5802931 - 06/23/15 09:30 PM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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The VX 6 is a little bit out of the range I was looking at. The VX 3 seems to fall into my price point. I may up the price point a little to upgrade though but is it really that much difference in optics quality between a leupold 3 and 6?

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#5802943 - 06/23/15 09:35 PM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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A vx3 50 mm will do you right.

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#5802983 - 06/23/15 09:56 PM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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I have a VX-3 LR 4.5-14x40 and it's got pretty good glass. I like the LR model because it has the side focus.

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#5803080 - 06/23/15 11:12 PM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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A 4-16x50 Viper PST could be had in your price range.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/152494/...a-reticle-matte

Or for a little more the Bushnell 3-12 LRS

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1325117...rst-focal-matte

Or the new Bushnell LRS 2.5-16x44, that's a heck of a range with glass that is quickly earning a great reputation

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/269353/...t-reticle-matte

wait, way cheaper at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Tactical-Mil-Dot-Riflescope-2-5-16x42/dp/B004OENQ72


Edited by Gravytrain (06/23/15 11:15 PM)

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#5803171 - 06/24/15 05:52 AM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Gravytrain]
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For your desires, I would look for a Zeiss Conquest. You should be able to find a 4.5x14x40 in that price range, and it would be an optical leap above the Buckmaster. Unless you're looking to get into the LR game, I don't know that you need all the bells and whistles--and expense--that comes with choosing big turrets and complicated reticles.

Another scope that I think provides good value is the Weaver Grand Slam in that price range, but the WGS in 4.5x14x40 is a little too bulky and heavy for my likes. I prefer the 3.5x10.

FWIW, my "carrying" .300WM, a Winchester 70 FWT with a custom Douglas sporter barrel, wears a Conquest 3x9x40. My "heavy" .300WM, a trued Rem 700 with a Jewell trigger and fluted Krieger bull barrel, currently sports a Vortex PST, but for years wore a heavy (and obsolete) Burris Signature 6x24x40.
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#5803286 - 06/24/15 07:54 AM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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How about a Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15x42? Cameralandny has demos for $699 that I have been eyeballing. That would be hard to beat for money

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#5803368 - 06/24/15 08:53 AM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: TxHunter80]
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Originally Posted By: TxHunter80
How about a Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15x42? Cameralandny has demos for $699 that I have been eyeballing. That would be hard to beat for money
Yep, that would be tough to beat for what you want to do.

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#5803387 - 06/24/15 09:05 AM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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If it matters, I just picked up a scope off the demo list for Camera Land NY.

The scope was complete and mint, I mean perfect. The shipping was free, as in free, and by FedEx
with a tracking number. I mentioned THF and got a 10% discount off the already good price.

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#5803403 - 06/24/15 09:24 AM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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Thanks guys. That deal at camera land on the Zeiss is going to be very hard to beat. Never owned a Zeiss but I know they have a great reputation and lots of satisfied customers. It is much more difficult than I thought it would be to decide on which scope. One thing I guess that I did mention is that this will be a hunting only scope, so simplicity, ruggedness and low light visibility are the most important features at least for me. Thanks for the suggestions and please keep them coming.

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#5803515 - 06/24/15 10:35 AM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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Vx3
Liberty optics

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#5804368 - 06/24/15 08:00 PM Re: Trying to decide on new scope 600-800 range [Re: Erny]
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Meopta Meopro 6-18 X 50. I just bought one for the 26 Nosler that ARP is building for me.
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