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Old 01-03-2011, 04:28 PM
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Hey guys, so whats the best scope for the money?

Ive been looking at a bushnell in walmart for $239. Its a 5-15 power and seems to have great optics but im no expert and ive only looked at it in the store.

I need something for longrange shooting. Whats the best way to go? I want to keep cost as low as possible.

Is it better to buy a used leupold over the new bushnell in wallmart? any help would be great.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:11 AM
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For a .308 rifle I'd buy either a 3-9 power Leupold VX-2 or a Nikon scope. Got a Nikon on my own Browning A-bolt and it works fine. Got a couple of other rifles that wear Leupold scopes. On my Ruger Model 77 MKII in .270 I have a 4-12 power Leupold VX-2 mounted.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:45 AM
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The best scope "for the money" might just be the Zeiss Conquest line. The 3-9x40 can usually be had for around $400. In a more reasonably-priced product, I really like the Bushnell Elite scopes. BudsGunShop has the 3200 in 3-9x40 for $150. I bought a used 2-7x32 on a 30-'06 and have been very happy with it.

When it comes to optics, everyone has a price point. Some guys want a very good scope and will spend what it takes to get one (Zeiss or Leupold, in my book) while others simply won't spend more than $100 and want the best they can get for that money, which ain't gonna be much.

Thing is, the difference between $239 and $400 is $161...and that ain't much more to cough up for a lifetime of excellent glass to look through and a warranty if something ever goes wrong.

Last edited by broom_jm; 01-04-2011 at 09:59 AM. Reason: Correcting mistake on model of Zeiss scope for $400. 3.5-10x50 ~ $600
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:28 AM
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Hey guys, so whats the best scope for the money?

Ive been looking at a bushnell in walmart for $239. Its a 5-15 power and seems to have great optics but im no expert and ive only looked at it in the store.

I need something for longrange shooting. Whats the best way to go? I want to keep cost as low as possible.

Is it better to buy a used leupold over the new bushnell in wallmart? any help would be great.
I did see your comment on wanting something for "long range" shooting, but that is somewhat ambiguous depending on what long range means to an individual. Is it 200 or 600 yds? Not trying to be a wise guy here, just saying there's a significant difference in what might be good for your needs.

I've not seen the 3.5-10X44 Zeiss Conquest quite that inexpensive, it normally runs a good bit more $$ than $400. However the 3-9X40 Zeiss Conquest can be purchased for $400. and if that scope is powerful enough, I believe it to be the absolute best scope available at that price break.

If you're using your .308 for other than hunting and you need higher power than 9X, then I would begin my search with Leupold VXI or II, Bushnell Elite 3200 series and the Nikon Buckmasters series. In my opinion, a Bushnell sold at Wally World (Trophy series?) is not nearly as nice as any of these other scopes.

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Old 01-04-2011, 06:36 AM
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For the 200-250 dollar range, you could pick up one of the Burris Signature series scopes in 3x9x40 with the BCD reticle. We have a few of these scopes on various rifles, and they are a great piece of glass for the money... more bang for the buck than the Wal-Mart Bushnell, but not your top-drawer Ziess or Leupold either. Still they are clear and crisp, surprisingly bright at dawn and dusk in low light conditions and rugged as the dickens... plus a great customer support/service on the Burris lifetime warranty on this product.... just another wrinkle for your consideration.

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Thanks for the comments guys. I see alot of you recommended 3-9 power. I want to be able to shoot anything in the 200-600 yrd range, do you think a 3-9 will be powerful enough?
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If the rifle is going to be used just for shooting off a bench and or prone I would go with a higher power. If it is going to be a dual purpose rifle, bench and hunting I would stick with a 3-9x40 or a 4-12x40. If just for bench use check out the Super Sniper scopes at www.swfa.com . They are really good scopes for the money, 30mm tube, tactical style turrets, parallax adjustable with mil-dot reticle. The come in fixed powers of 10x, 16x, and 20x. There are a ton of good reviews on them all over the net. I had one on a dedicated bench (long range) gun for a while but I sold the gun and let the scope go with it. I kinda wish I would have kept the scope.
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You may want to check out the E flyer catalog on opening page of www.natchezss.com It will have two deer on it. First 23 pages are scopes. Check out the Bushnell 4200 series and the Nitrex by Weaver TR2 scopes. Both lines of scopes have been heavily discounted since they are being discontinued.

I have 2 of the Nitrex TR2 scopes from Natchez....very good optics in them that compare very favorably to other brands costing a heck of a lot more. Both of mine have side focus and pull up target type turrets and they track well. Nitrex had a $100 rebate on them that ended on Dec 31, but Natchez is saying the rebate is being continued....Nitrex has not confirmed this extention. Without the rebate, still a good buy for a quality scope. The TR2 3-15x42 or 3-15x50 is worthy of consideration for your needs.
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The best scope "for the money" might just be the Zeiss Conquest line. The 3-9x40 can usually be had for around $400. In a more reasonably-priced product, I really like the Bushnell Elite scopes. BudsGunShop has the 3200 in 3-9x40 for $150. I bought a used 2-7x32 on a 30-'06 and have been very happy with it.

When it comes to optics, everyone has a price point. Some guys want a very good scope and will spend what it takes to get one (Zeiss or Leupold, in my book) while others simply won't spend more than $100 and want the best they can get for that money, which ain't gonna be much.

Thing is, the difference between $239 and $400 is $161...and that ain't much more to cough up for a lifetime of excellent glass to look through and a warranty if something ever goes wrong.
+1 can't go wrong with the 3x9 Zeiss Conquest.

Leupold VX-II and Nikon Buckmaster would be my lower priced picks.
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+1 can't go wrong with the 3x9 Zeiss Conquest.

And here, I thought, I said that first. Go figure.
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+1 can't go wrong with the 3x9 Zeiss Conquest.

And here, I thought, I said that first. Go figure.
+2?

Either way I agree
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