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#6050936 - 11/26/15 08:25 AM Need a new variable in the 4-12 range
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Dad's having a hard time seeing and wants to upgrade beyond the 3-9 he has now. What's a decent no frills variable that's at least 12x on the top end? Prefer standard reticle with an objective in the 40-46mm range. Are there any better scopes than a VX-1 for the money? Would prefer to spend $300 or less.
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#6051036 - 11/26/15 09:31 AM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Look at Cameraland they had minox on clearance a while back.
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#6051056 - 11/26/15 09:51 AM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Couple of years ago I bought a Bushnell 4-12 for about $150, and it held up really well. Later, I sold it to a friend who has it on a deer rifle. It still works just fine.

And I'll mention that Burris Fullfield II in 4.5-14 that cost me $300. That's a lot of scope for the money. I highly recommend the Burris.

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#6051091 - 11/26/15 10:08 AM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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I'm going to be selling off three or four Leupolds soon to finance a long range scope. I will be a little higher than $300 though.
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#6055213 - 11/28/15 07:32 PM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Another vote for the Burris. I have an E1 on an AR - I think I paid around $225 for it. A lot of scope for the money... etched reticle, glass that is plenty clear, and a good warranty should you need it.

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#6055944 - 11/29/15 10:23 AM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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leupold vx-1 or Redfield. Burris is good too but I think heavy?
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#6055948 - 11/29/15 10:24 AM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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nice of you to help your dad by the way
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#6055955 - 11/29/15 10:30 AM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
nice of you to help your dad by the way


Thanks! At 76 he's still physically capable and mentally strong, but is technologically challenged and doesn't shop much or know what good deals are on many things. And while I build fence and work stock every so often, I get to hunt for free, so it works out pretty well for both of us.
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#6057090 - 11/29/15 07:54 PM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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I have a bushnell 4.5-18x40 for sale, pm if interested. it is the ar 223 with bdc reticle.
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#6057261 - 11/29/15 08:58 PM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Get a 50 mm leupold with a firedot electric reticle

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#6059889 - 12/01/15 07:21 AM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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My brother recently got a Vortex Diamondback 4-12x40 and I was surprised by the good eye relief and how clear it was for the price. He's probably only shot about 20-30 rounds out of his 700 and 7mag but all seems well so far and holding in place.

This or the hp version seems to fit your bill. Apparently aborted has excellent custom service from what I hear on here. Just a suggestion.
Good luck.

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#6060864 - 12/01/15 02:51 PM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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I'm not sure about going all the way to 50mm on the objective, they just seem so big and this is going on a Rem 788 in .243. If I go bigger, would a 30mm tube have much advantage over the 1"?
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#6066120 - 12/04/15 08:01 AM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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The Nikon prostaff 4-12 x40 seems to be pretty darn clear glass. Has good light transmission in low light and I was very surprised with the great eye relief.
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#6066509 - 12/04/15 10:40 AM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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I recently bought one of these to try on a 22-250 just because I couldn't pass up the price. Haven't shot it in the field yet but the view is great looking through it and it has long eye relief which I like. Definitely not a high end scope but for the money worth a try.

Cabela's Alpha Series 3-12

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#6066908 - 12/04/15 02:36 PM Re: Need a new variable in the 4-12 range [Re: Brother in-law]
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
Get a 50 mm leupold with a firedot electric reticle


Way more than you probably want to spend and I see no need for a 50mm objective.

You asked about a 30mm tube. They are stronger than a 1" tube but I believe that is the only real advantage. Contrary to what a lot of people think I don't believe a 30mm tube brings in more light. Many 30mm tube scopes have 1" internals to save money.
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