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Best scope for about $200 #7635761 10/18/19 11:57 AM
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My dad is most likely picking up a begera in 6.5 pretty soon from the sounds of it. He’s only wanting to spend about $200 for a scope to keep the package around $1000 total. He’s not a long range person, doesn’t care about reticle.

He mentioned the Leupold freedom. I know I wouldn’t want a lower end vortex, Zeiss terra. Anything else out there worth a dang at 200ish?

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I am a Leupold fan but I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a Burris FullField in that price range.

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Re: Best scope for about $200 [Re: jhenderson] #7635791 10/18/19 12:34 PM
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Personally I think all the sub-$300 scopes are about the same in each price tier. Meaning anything from $175-$250 is going to all perform pretty similarly. Leupold isn't bad if they want to go that direction. I've had decent luck with Nikon in that range. Not a huge Bushnell person myself.

Re: Best scope for about $200 [Re: jhenderson] #7635793 10/18/19 12:37 PM
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Strictly my opinion here.... in optics your budget has to double to get appreciably better glass. Meaning a $400 scope would be noticeably better. That becomes a major hurdle when you go up from there but if he’s spending $800 on a rifle I would think he’s leaving a lot on the table with a $200 scope.

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If I were buying a low recoil rifle, and had a $200.00 budget, it would be Vortex or Burris.

I'm sold on Leupold, and have them all the way up to the VX6, about $1700.00. Being in the same situation your dad is on a loaner .243 rifle I was putting together for family, I went with a Leupold Rifleman. I wasn't impressed with clarity.

I sold it and replaced it with a Vortex Diamondback, 4-12x. Has held zero, even after falling off the tailgate of my truck (search my posts, I wrote about it). Clarity is very good. I bought another one for my .22 Mag just like it. I have a Diamondback HD on my .22 LR.

I have a Burris Fullfield 2-7 x 32 on my .300 BO AR platform. As for clarity and holding zero I am more impressed with it than the Vortex only because it has had a lot more use than the two Vortex's. It's been on my AR for seven years, held zero and taken a beating.


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Further to all that, buy used at a gun show, or EBAY. $200.00 used on Ebay goes a long way.


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Further to all that, buy used at a gun show, or EBAY. $200.00 used on Ebay goes a long way.


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Re: Best scope for about $200 [Re: onlysmith&wesson] #7635894 10/18/19 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by onlysmith&wesson
If I were buying a low recoil rifle, and had a $200.00 budget, it would be Vortex or Burris.

I'm sold on Leupold, and have them all the way up to the VX6, about $1700.00. Being in the same situation your dad is on a loaner .243 rifle I was putting together for family, I went with a Leupold Rifleman. I wasn't impressed with clarity.

I sold it and replaced it with a Vortex Diamondback, 4-12x. Has held zero, even after falling off the tailgate of my truck (search my posts, I wrote about it). Clarity is very good. I bought another one for my .22 Mag just like it. I have a Diamondback HD on my .22 LR.

I have a Burris Fullfield 2-7 x 32 on my .300 BO AR platform. As for clarity and holding zero I am more impressed with it than the Vortex only because it has had a lot more use than the two Vortex's. It's been on my AR for seven years, held zero and taken a beating.

I had a vortex diamondback that wouldn't hold zero on my 22. Sent it back to vortex and then sold before testing again. I don't buy sub-razor vortexes anymore.

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Pre-owned Leupold VX-1 from EBay or the THF classifieds.


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Pre-owned Leupold VX-1 from EBay or the THF classifieds.



This would be my choice as well.


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Re: Best scope for about $200 [Re: jhenderson] #7636397 10/19/19 02:19 AM
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Wouldn’t have been my choice but the place he bought it at talked him into a vortex diamondback

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Originally Posted by jhenderson
Wouldn’t have been my choice but the place he bought it at talked him into a vortex diamondback

I have 2 of them. Both have performed well. One i bought new, the other i got from Janie for, I think $20. I know a lot of folks here have had issues, but so far so good for mine.

Re: Best scope for about $200 [Re: jhenderson] #7637035 10/20/19 11:52 AM
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Re: Best scope for about $200 [Re: jhenderson] #7637177 10/20/19 04:49 PM
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High value and good glass for a reasonable price is Burris FFII.


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Re: Best scope for about $200 [Re: jhenderson] #7637594 10/21/19 02:08 AM
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He did end up with the diamondback tactical so well above the 200 he planned on spending.

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