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Old 04-13-2012, 12:43 AM   #81
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I have used many different scopes in my lifetime. But, right now, I find the Nikon Prostaff scopes the best on the market for the money. Below $300. Optics are bright and clear. Very easy to adjust. Picks up light real good in low light times of day. I have four rifles with Nikon on them at the present. (Marlin 22-250/ Win 100 in 308 and Win. 70 in 30.06 and marlin 35. The only Nikon I did not care for was the Coyote special, because it has a circle in the first point of aim instead of cross hairs. I bought another model of Nikon with BDC that did have the cross-hairs in the first point of aim and the circles in the remaining aim points,
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:50 PM   #82
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Right now Nikon has till the end of the month, I think, the Nikon M-223 with a FREE cantilever mount to go with the scope and Nikon Pro-Staff's with a $50 Rebate. Have read all good things about the ProStaff so far. I am seriousy thinking of getting one myself, or a new stock! :-) Haven;t decided yet.
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Price of the scope usually reflects the Quality of the scope
the higher the power the firearm the higher quality scope you should put on it if for no other reason a well made scope is going to be able to withstand the recoil far better than a cheap scope
a few of my favorite brand of scopes is Leupold,Zeiss and Swarovski but you are looking at 400. Minimum unless you pick up something second hand from the pawn shop but good luck finding any of those brands used.

Weaver is a good scope maker and have several models that are well within your price range
Burris is another good scope maker
I have heard a lot of flack about Tasco but I have to say I have had very good service with the one I have on a Marlin Lever action chambered for 30-30 that I have had since I was 14 and I am 50 now. I bought both the rifle and scope at K-Mart back when they used to sell Firearms.

However with all that said
if I was in the market for a scope I would consider hard and heavy the Burris Fullfield II 4.5-14x42 Riflescope Landmark Spotting Scope Combo that Cabellas has on sale
I had a Burris on a Remington bolt action chambered for 30-06 and it was a very good scope good clarity , fog proof lens and water proof. one of the best scopes I owned for the price.

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Old 06-01-2012, 08:50 PM   #84
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Don't know if you've settled on any scopes, but here's what I have on my medium and heavy hitters and I guarantee you won't go wrong as to them lasting beyond your lifetime.
Burris FullfieldII 3-9x40 (Marlin 30-30)
Nikon Buckmaster 3-9x40 (Mossberg 30-06)
Redfield Revolution 2-7x32 (Marlin 44Mag)
Weaver Classic V16 4-16x42A/O (Weatherby 243Win)
Leupold Rifleman---Don't own one, but good scope

I use Weaver bases with Weaver Quad-Lokt rings on all my rifles right down to the 22 and 17 calibers I have, and have never had any problems. For the Mossberg 30-06 I have Leupold steel Dove Tail bases with matching steel rings. Only reason I have these, is that rifle was shooting way off and I looked at rifle from the side, and noticed that bases(Factory installed) were "canting" the scope/rings up in air(made gun shoot down too low) and I needed rings/bases quick(Deer season time) and all LGS had was Leupold equipment that fit my rifle(Remington 700 mounting), so I had them put on and never touched them once sighted in----4 shots touching each other at 100yds using 150gr CoreLoks.
Another scope to consider, as it's actually pretty good and glass is very clear would be the Simmons "Master Series" 44MAG model in 4-12x44w/Side Focus($100). I own one, but it's mounted on a 22Magnum, so very light recoil.
I mention these scopes because you can find them in Bass Pro or Cabelas, whereas Swift, Pentax, Mueller, Vortex and other very good scopes have to be ordered from selected sellers to get them. For $60-$70 WalMart sells a Center Point 3-9x40 or 4-12x40A/O that says they've been tested on everything from a break-barrel air rifle all way up to Rigby 416 rifle to test their recoil shock, and a lot of Guys around my area do use them on their Deer rifles with good success, but I don't consider it to be a lifetime type scope, but you never can tell, as sometimes a cheap scope is great, while a great scope seems cheap over time.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:57 AM   #85
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honestly i would be looking for something a bit bigger if your using a .308 you are going to be going the distance so try and pick a 50mm objective.
I have leupold vx-3 4-12X50. and its outstanding five star rating.
i agree about not buying barska and scopes around that price range
i also have a leapers similar to a barska and i wouldnt put it on a .177 pellet gun
hard to zero and glass is awful very hazy.
i agree with ST8lineGunSmith if you get something cheap the recoil is guaranteed to throw it off..
if you hit the 400 mark you could pick up something descent and trust me you will never regret is some of my choices

Nikon 4-12x50mm Buckmasters Rifle Scope 6445 $369
Millett 4-16x50mm Tactical Rifle Scope $540 reduced to $309
Burris 6.5-20x50mm FullField II Rifle Scope w/ Ballistic Mil-Dot Reticle, Matte Black Finish $379
Bushnell - Elite 4200 2.5-10 x 50mm, Matte

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Old 07-11-2012, 11:48 PM   #86
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My personal favorite is the burris fullfield II 3x9x50
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One of the major issues w/ 50mm front objectives is the size of the bell. It often forces a very high scope mount that makes for lousy cheek wield. If you buy good glass, you don't need anything over 40..42mm.
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Absolutely look at the Millett 4x16x50 Illuminated Tac Scope...

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Originally Posted by Ruzai View Post
I've heard to stay away from Barska, why? I mean in particular what have their faults been? I'm just curious so I know what to look for.
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another scope to consider in this price range are the Swift Premier line of scopes. i have two so far, a 6-24x50 on a Ruger M77V in 280 Rem. and a 8-32x50 on a Marlin XS7VH in 308. both have held up great. clear optics and have held zero great so far. the 6-24x50 cost about $245 NIB and the 8-32x50 cost about $270 NIB.
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