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Pab0whunt3r 08-16-2010 05:23 AM

Need help with low-budget scope.
I'm looking for a decent scope for under $200.I've narrowed down a few options.First,I'm just looking for a scope to learn like hold over,ranging,etc. so I started looking at mil dot scopes.The Simmons ProHunter 6-21x44 was one of the first to jump out at me.The fact that Simmons has a 25% rebate makes the deal sweeter.Haven't really found much on the scope though.The next I found was the Vortex Crossfire 6-24x50.Found mixed reviews on it and honestly don't need anything that big.The next scope I found was a Nikon 3-9x40 Pro Staff with the BDC reticle.The scope is going on my Remington 700 7mm mag.The owner before me had a muzzlebrake installed so recoil is alot less than normal.I think I know the obvious answer,go with the Nikon,but I figured I'd ask first.I know what I have to spend is nothing to write home about but times are tough.I know to stay away from some of the really "cheap" brands and am trying to do the best I can for the money.The scope that's on it now is a Simmons Aetec 3.8-12x44,which isn't bad or anything.Just looking to try something new to get a feel for how some of these other reticles work.The 7mm will only be used in long fields or open areas so it'd be something to try.It's not my main hunting rifle and so far I've only shot paper with it.Considering I'd use it for longer shots,it'd be nice to be able to make them and have some sort of reference points for holdover if needed.

opaww 08-16-2010 10:13 AM

I have fair luck with my sightmark 4-16x44 MilDot scope. For $175 U.S. it is not a real great scope but not a bad scope either. The sight picture is clear; the Lines are easy to see in normal light, and with the added illuminated reticle for low light it helps a lot.

I would rather have a Millet or Night force but I just don't have the money for them.

TCH2FLY 08-16-2010 10:39 PM

Of the scopes you listed I would go with a Nikon, I have never had an issue with mine.

Midway has some stuff on sale through Aug 31

I like this Nikon Prostaff 4-12x 40mm Mil-Dot Reticle
or another option
Bushnell Elite 3200 10x

cpttango30 08-17-2010 02:30 AM

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Check out weavers as well. I love Nikon scopes The last two I got were NIKON. I got a 6.5-20x42mm on my 223 R700VLS and a 6-24x50mm SF on my AR.

Also take a looksee at Mueller Optics they are some great scopes in your price range. SWFA Riflescopes Mueller Riflescopes

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Also heard some good things about Truglow scopes.
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CA357 08-17-2010 06:42 AM

Here's a Nikon Team Primos on ebay for $199. plus $11. shipping. Snatch it up. It's a Monarch with a promotional name. 3-9x40 with the bullet drop compensator.

I had a Monarch which went away when I sold my Tikka T3 Lite. I now have the Team Primos on my 1917 and I can't tell the difference. They are the same specs and for that price, you're getting a higher quality scope than the Pro Staff. (and I have a Pro Staff on my 10/22 ;) )

Link: NIKON TEAM PRIMOS 3-9X40 RIFLESCOPE BDC MATTE 8435 - eBay (item 350372745894 end time Sep-06-10 14:44:24 PDT)

ronl 08-17-2010 11:49 AM

I have one of the Vortex Crossfires and the clarity is absolutely great. I have a friend who bought the Nikon Pro Staff and went through three before he got a good one. The Crossfire is a big scope, but for $100 it cannot be beat, especially considering the great warranty and customer service there. Another thing to consider, especially if you are going to shoot long distances, is the amount of travel in the scope tube. Some of the Nikons have very little. My particular Crossfire has 72.5 MOA.

Pab0whunt3r 08-17-2010 01:29 PM

Looks like any way I do things,I should be happy.I've also been checking out the scopes you guys have recommended.I'll just find what looks best to me and see what happens.All have good reviews so the choice is just going to come down to picking one and going with it.

KnesekGuns 08-19-2010 01:34 PM


Originally Posted by TCH2FLY (Post 332920)

The bushnell would probably be my choice if that was the budget I had to work with

sniper762 08-19-2010 10:52 PM

check out bsa

cpttango30 08-20-2010 02:17 AM


Originally Posted by sniper762 (Post 334801)
check out bsa

LOL really we are giving him solid optics to check out and your expert advice is to go with a BSA.

They don't track for crap. If you put them on a rifle with more recoil than a 22 stinger they are going to break in a month. They are some of the dimmest scopes I have ever laid my eyes on.

Next thing you're going to say is Baraska are even better than BSA......

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