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beastmode986 09-22-2013 05:28 PM

Best sub 200$ scope for .308
I plan on getting a Ruger American soon and I am going to need a good scope. I plan on using the rifle for a shtf rifle, plinking, deer, and hogs. I only plan on spending 200$ on the scope maybe + or - 20$ I am hoping to be able to take game out to 300+ yards but I cant see myself ever shooting more than 500yds.
What scopes do you guys recommend?

mountainman13 09-22-2013 05:36 PM

Not sure you'll find something that cheap that will stand up to the punishment.
Do you really want to trust your life to inferior gear?
Personally I want the best of the best when it comes to shtf.

Triumphman 09-22-2013 08:26 PM

Go with a good solid Nikon. You can get the Pro Staff in 2-7x32 for around $160, a 3-9x40 for $150 or move up for more robust to the Buckmaster $250. All these will have the BDC, but you can find them without the BDC for a little less. I picked up a Buckmaster around 6yrs ago Used and paid only $160.

Bushnell also has some very good made Scopes nowadays. The older Elite 3200 in 3-9x40 with "Firefly" Reticle is a great bargain for around $200, but I have seen it for less.

beastmode986 09-22-2013 08:32 PM

Ok thanks guys, lets say I do spend 300$, how much better quality would I get?

p35bhp55 09-23-2013 12:42 AM

My 30 year old Ruger 77 RS has a Burris FFII 3x9x40 with the Ballistic Reticle. It's a good fit in med Ruger rings and works well. I can't see me trying to go past 300 but a newer rifle and shooter combo might do ok. SWFA and Natchez have them at about 200 bucks.

huffmanite 09-23-2013 12:59 AM

Take a look at and check the Weaver 40/44 3.8-12x44 Aspherical lens scope, around $130 plus maybe $14 shipping. Very good optics in this Philippines made scope. Own one myself and its been a very decent scope for me. Natchez price, last time I checked around, well below any one else.

Also, if a 3-9 power scope is OK, check Natchez for what is left of the Nitrex TR1 scopes they still have left to sell. Price should be under $130. Nitrex is a discontinued brand, but basically its a Weaver Grand Slam scope....Nitrex and Weaver both owned by same company and both made in same Japanese plant with same internals and etc. Weaver handles their warranty. Have a couple of the Nitrex TR2 scopes and they are outstanding.

Txhillbilly 09-23-2013 01:59 AM

If you'll step up to $300,this is probably one of the best scopes that you'll find for your money.
I have two of these in 6-24x50 on my 223 varmint rifles,and have a 3-15x50 Super Slam that replaced the Classic Extreme line as Weaver's top of the line scope.
The quality of the lenses is top shelf,the clarity is that of scopes costing $1k+,I know this since I have quite a few higher end scopes to compare them to. Tracking is very good,and Repeatability is also very good. The only negative that I have with them is they have a lot of eye relief,almost too much for me personally. But,most shooters will love this issue. 3&green=B18A7787-5AAA-5154-A36C-98BC737C8E92&src=mbProd

CourtJester 09-23-2013 02:11 AM

Check on Sight Mark. I have them on my 22, 17hmr, 308, and 338 Lapua. They have all help up really well with zero issues

sandog 09-23-2013 02:28 AM

Under $200, Sightron SI, Redfield Revolution. Under $300, Vortex Diamondback.

AR10 09-23-2013 02:33 AM

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