So, before hunting season begins this year, I'm planning on having my new hunting rifle ready to rock. I've got the rifle picked out, which took little research due to already having decided a year or so ago that when I got a new rifle it WOULD be a CZ.
Ended up deciding on the 550 American in 30-06
. The rifle will be used mainly for hunting whitetail within 250 yards or so. I don't feel comfortable at this point in shooting much past that and being able to make a clean kill. Someday, but not now.
This brings me to my question. Scopes, and long range/accuracy shooting aren't really my thing, or haven't been until this point. I've never hunted much, been a few times though. However, an old man at work has offered to take me to his place in South Carolina a few times this year and show me the ropes. Needless to say I'm excited.
I've had rifles in the past that had terrible glass on them, and don't want to go that road again, but I'm not in a place where I can spend $800-$1000 for a scope either. I figure something in the $400-$550 range is kinda what I'm wanting to spend, but could go a little in either direction. I've been looking around and there are a few different scopes from different manufacturers that I've been reading a bit about, but wanted to get some opinions from those in the know.
I'm looking for something with a magnification of 2-3 on the low side and 9-10 on the high. 30mm tube and a larger than 40mm objective would be nice, but I know that having glass of higher quality will get me a better and clearer image through the scope than having the larger tube and objective lens.
Here's what I've got so far. Prices are all from MidwayUSA. I know I can get it cheaper elsewhere, but this gives us a baseline to see cost comparisons.
Vortex Viper HS 2.5-10x44mm
Leupold VX-3 3.5-10x40mm
Nikon Monarch 2.5-10x42mm
Sightron SII Big Sky 3-9x42mm
Sightron SII Big Sky 3.5-10x42mm
Weaver Super Slam
Either a 2-10x42mm $419.99 or 2-10x50mm $459.99
As you'll notice, most of these are in the $400-$470 range. I'm not opposed to spending up to ~$550, but it seems like from here, it jumps up to the $700 range, which I'm not willing to spend.
If you were in my situation, which of these would you choose, or would you choose something else entirely? I see that some scopes have a side focus (mostly the more expensive ones), so I'm sure it's better, but not sure why.
Just wanted to get some opinions before I spent my hard earned dollars. Thanks for any and all info.