Originally Posted by Pistolero
I am looking to purchase a scope for my rifle and was wondering what brand is the best? I recognize alot of main brands like Nikon and Pentax does anyone have experience with any of the major brands?
Probably Kahles or Swarovski. But if you have to ask on an internet forum, you probably cannot afford those brands.
It helps to know what you have to spend, and how you want to use it, because there are good values and poor values in a given price range, and choosing the wrong scope for your particular purposes is always a poor value.
Here are a few examples of what I consider good values:
Under $150 street price:
Under $300 street price:
Leupold 1-4x20 VX-II
Mueller Tac II
Millett 4-16x56 A/O MED PLEX, MULTI COAT
Super Sniper 10x42
Pentax Lightseeker LS-30 4-16x50
Under $500 street price:
SIGHTRON 6-24x50mm 30mm SIDE-FOCUS MATTE PLEX
Burris 2.5-10x44 Euro Diamond
Zeiss 3-9x40 Conquest
As you can see, there is a lot of variety in reticules, features, magnification, etc. These are scopes I am familiar with. Like any other tool, you need the one that fits the job.
When it come to scopes, you don't always get what you pay for, but you never get more than you pay for. Decide on what you are going to use the scope for, and do a little research. Some of the parent sites for the links I posted have some great educational materials.