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Old 02-14-2011, 12:27 PM   #11
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Ron, If you look closely at my pic, mine wears a limbsaver recoil pad. Makes it very light indeed. One reason I use a 2-10 scope is you just never know when a shot close in may present itself. The 1st Elk I ever harvested was at 35 yards. He just wandered over the top of a ridge as I was coming up the other side. My 1st Mule deer was at less then 50 yards...
For Whitetail around here, 100- is the norm. 400 yards w/ a 10x gives a sight picture equal to 42 yards. That is more then enough for Elk, Whitetail, Bear at 400+ yards. More magnification does not always eqaul better performance when hunting IMHO. I use a fixed power 4x32 to 300 yards on my 6.5x55. I would rather have the ability to see a larger area at distance and find my target, then zoom in. But, to each their own. You should also check and see what happens to the eye relief on many scopes as you increase the power. Some will make it hard as the eye relief changes. Best of luck on your quest. Varmint and target scopes are in one catagory, medium and large game scopes another. Sure I own rifles with high powered scopes, but not on medium and big game rifles. JP

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Thanks to everyone for all your good advice, you guys make a lot of sense and your tips and pointers are always most helpful. The limb saver recoil pad is something I am going to look into right away, I've been looking at all the suggested scopes. Eye relief is very critical to me as I have an eye injury and I had to learn to shoot left handed because of it. I can't afford to be "poked" in my good eye by a scope. I think a scope that maintains a generous amount of eye relief be it a fixed or a variable and is sturdy will be the one for me. Again my Thanks to all, Ron...

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Just bought a savage 111 pre-accutrigger in .300 win. mag. from a guy that won it some years ago at a gun raffle. He never used it and decided to sell. I picked it up for $275. My question is what scope would you recommend I put on this rifle ? I don't want to break the bank, but I do need something that can take the rather generous recoil of this rifle.
In your stated price range there are a LOT of good options. Any model Nikon, Leupold or Bushnell Elite in 3-9, 3.5-10 or 4.5-14 power will work well with the 300 Win Mag for any distance you'd care to shoot at hunting. I know Leupold and Nikon have lifetime warantees on their products, do not remember if Bushnell does but I've never had a problem with any of mine.
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I am definitely leaning towards a Nikon or a Bushnell. I may be doing a little scope swapping as I have a Leupold 3x9 on a another rifle that is chambered in .223 and sort of thought that since it is basically a varmint rifle that it might be better to put the 3x9 on the .300 win mag and buy a scope with a greater upper end magnification for the .223, if I can find a decent one in my price range. Thanks for the input, Ron...

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I am definitely leaning towards a Nikon or a Bushnell. I may be doing a little scope swapping as I have a Leupold 3x9 on a another rifle that is chambered in .223 and sort of thought that since it is basically a varmint rifle that it might be better to put the 3x9 on the .300 win mag and buy a scope with a greater upper end magnification for the .223, if I can find a decent one in my price range. Thanks for the input, Ron...
That's a good plan. The Leupold will take the recoil of the .300 Win Mag very well plus they have plenty of eye relief which helps avoid nasty cuts when that scope comes back at you in heavy recoiling rifles. Nikon has quite a few very nicely priced scopes that would be better for the .223 with a higher top end. My most accurate .223 has a Nikon Monarch 4-16 which is a GREAT scope for that cartridge. The Nikon Buckmaster 6-18 SF is another supperb option for about $350.
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Well right now I am seriously looking at a Bushnell Elite 3200 7x21 for the .223. I can get it for around $300. I've never owned a Nikon Buckmaster, ( I can get a Buckmaster 6x18 for $309) but I do have a Prostaff and a Monarch and I like them both a lot. I would have no hesitation at buying another Nikon scope. I have never owned a Bushnell other than a cheap Sportview that I bought 25 yrs ago. However I have read about plenty of people who are very happy with Bushnell 4200's and 3200's. So I thought I might give a 3200 a try. If anyone who is following this "evolved" thread thinks I am making a big mistake I would appreciate their comments. Sorry for being a pest, but I want to spend wisely and buy once. Thanks, Ron...

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Well right now I am seriously looking at a Bushnell Elite 3200 7x21 for the .223. I can get it for around $300. I've never owned a Nikon Buckmaster, ( I can get a Buckmaster 6x18 for $309) but I do have a Prostaff and a Monarch and I like them both a lot. I would have no hesitation at buying another Nikon scope. I have never owned a Bushnell other than a cheap Sportview that I bought 25 yrs ago. However I have read about plenty of people who are very happy with Bushnell 4200's and 3200's. So I thought I might give a 3200 a try. If anyone who is following this "evolved" thread thinks I am making a big mistake I would appreciate their comments. Sorry for being a pest, but I want to spend wisely and buy once. Thanks, Ron...
Either scope will do just fine. Quality brands and good models.
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