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Budget Hunting Scope #7585000 08/20/19 11:15 PM
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It’s been nearly 10 years since I’ve bought a Scope and thus 10 years since I’ve researched scopes. What is the best bang for the buck with entry level hunting glass.

In the old days I considered the Nikon Prostaff At $159 the clearest reliable Scope at that price point available. Now they have come out with 12 different models with price points all over the place so I don’t know if they are something to consider. I did pick up an illuminated Burris that seems decent. Are the new Burris Full Field II still better than Nikon.

I’m running a vortex 5-15 HS midway special on my Tacticool rifle. Do any of their sub viper Scope lines offer much for value? I was very unimpressed with the crossfire 6-20 I had a while back.

Can anything compete with the Zeus’s conquest in the $400 ballpark?

I’ve never drank the Leupold Koolaid, just thought Nikon and Burris offered much clearer glass for much less money.

Help me out?

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Re: Budget Hunting Scope [Re: scot] #7585003 08/20/19 11:17 PM
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Scope is going on a rem 700 .270 don’t need Mil dots and FFP

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Burris FFII would be an easy choice for me personally.

Re: Budget Hunting Scope [Re: scot] #7585064 08/21/19 01:04 AM
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I don’t know that there’s much better than the zeiss conquest for a $300 to $400 budget (not the Terra). You can find a used 3-9x40 pretty easily for around $300.

Re: Budget Hunting Scope [Re: scot] #7585098 08/21/19 01:41 AM
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I would get a used SWFA first

Leupold vx3 second

Re: Budget Hunting Scope [Re: Brother in-law] #7585131 08/21/19 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Brother in-law
I would get a used SWFA first

Leupold vx3 second


I had one of the old FFP 3-9 swfa and got real turned off on the glass especially when I compared to my current vortex HS. Do they have a new affordable option with better light transmission?

Re: Budget Hunting Scope [Re: scot] #7585137 08/21/19 02:32 AM
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Burris. Great scopes for the money.

Re: Budget Hunting Scope [Re: Jgraider] #7585209 08/21/19 04:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Jgraider
Burris FFII would be an easy choice for me personally.


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Re: Budget Hunting Scope [Re: scot] #7585562 08/21/19 04:33 PM
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GPO, Burris, Meopta MeoPro, Athlon & Hawke all offer quality scopes at affordable pricing.

Re: Budget Hunting Scope [Re: scot] #7588649 08/25/19 01:21 AM
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Scot,
I've got a used Leupold VARI-X III in 4.5-14 x 40 with a regular duplex reticle. It came off my Rem 700 270.

Condition is very good. I just went with something illuminated. Shoot me a PM if you're interested. I haven't listed it yet in the marketplace, but saw your posting and thought it may help. I've got rings and mounts ready to go for a 700 if it helps.

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I'm not a Vortex fanboy, and have pretty much gotten rid of everything I had from them except the 1-8 Strike Eagle and the one I'm linking below. I actually like this scope quite a bit. It is an excellent hunting reticle for me and is also very lightweight.

https://www.amazon.com/Vortex-Optics-Razor-Second-Riflescopes/dp/B07GNWR8G3

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Midway has a Vortex Viper HS 2.5-10x 44mm with a V-Plex Reticle for 249 shipped.
I've got one and really like the glass. For hunting I think that is an ideal magnification range.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1020461155?pid=439467


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Another vote for the Fullfield II.


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