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#6904956 - 10/01/17 02:25 PM Diamondback with Winchester Model 70
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Registered: 11/27/14
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I have a few questions, so bear with me.

1- My hunting should probably never exceed 200 yards. I'm looking at the diamondback 3-9x40. Should this be more than enough power for that range?

2- Would the Diamondback do well on a Model 70 featherweight bolt action in a .270 caliber ?

3- What rings would you use for this combination?

4- Are there any concerns about this combination I should take into consideration?

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#6905211 - 10/01/17 07:26 PM Re: Diamondback with Winchester Model 70 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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I'm not a fan of that scope at all. I sighted in a guys rifle with one. It was crap. IMO, save up get a good scope or look at Weaver, Leupold VXII,

Best bang for your buck might be a Nikon Buckmaster. It was my daughters first scope, worked fine till she upgraded to a Leupold 3.5-10X40.

again just my experience with the diamondback
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#6905240 - 10/01/17 07:46 PM Re: Diamondback with Winchester Model 70 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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1. Magnification is fine. Pay for better glass

2. See number 1.

3. Pic rail and light weight Weaver style rings.

4. See number 1.
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#6907951 - 10/03/17 06:55 PM Re: Diamondback with Winchester Model 70 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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I'm not a fan of the Crossfire or Viper line but believe the Diamondback is a good scope for the price. At the distance you will be shooting a 3-9 Diamondback will be fine. I'd at minimum put a VX-2 on it though because of the reverence I have for M70's. I'd also use a pic rail and any good quality rings.
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#6908272 - 10/04/17 05:41 AM Re: Diamondback with Winchester Model 70 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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I'd choose better glass and go with Dual Dovetail rings and bases. All steel and hell for stout.
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#6908683 - 10/04/17 11:50 AM Re: Diamondback with Winchester Model 70 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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I have bought a few of the Diamondback 4x12x40 scopes and they have done well for the rifles I have used them on. I personally like those over the 3x9x40...the extra zoom makes a difference when reaching out to 200 yards.

CameraLandNY has them on sale now for $160

Have one on a Winchester 270 and it works perfectly.

Obviously you can find better glass, but when you are on a budget for a complete rifle build, you get the best you can for the price.
I personally feel the Diamondback series will work for what you are trying to do.


Edited by George - w/ Map My Ranch (10/04/17 11:52 AM)
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#6908893 - 10/04/17 02:51 PM Re: Diamondback with Winchester Model 70 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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I have a pair of diamondback binoculars and the glass is quite good. Much better than any scopes I've seen in the $150 price range. But maybe the diamondback binocular glass is better quality than the scope glass? The binocs were normally around $300 IIRC, but we got them on sale for much cheaper.

For hunting within 200 yards, I don't believe you'll have any issues. JMHO

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#6912435 - 10/07/17 05:55 PM Re: Diamondback with Winchester Model 70 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Thank y'all for your advice. Going to be a tough decision to make.

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