Best Possible Scope for under $150

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by DeltaF, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. DeltaF

    DeltaF New Member

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    I already started a thread in which I asked for information on putting together the best setup possible for shooting at 1000+ yards or longer. I had a lot of responses for different rifles. But I had few responses for optics.

    I know that "you get what you pay for." I also know that there are ALWAYS little jewels that get overlooked in the world of firearms. They may not do the job as good as a $500-$1500 optic, but they do the job. That's what I'm looking for. I'm sure the options will be hard bordering on impossible to find, but someone somewhere out there has an inexpensive scope that they put on a rifle and went "Woah! This is WAY better than I thought!"

    1. Price: Under $150
    2. Use: Hunting and target shooting at 1000-1200 yards
    3. Rifle: Remington 700 or Savage 110
    4. Caliber: 300 WinMag
    5. Variable or Fixed: Either
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    maybe a Center Point. like this one. personally i have never used or bought one, but have heard lots of good things about the brand, especially given it's price.


    http://centerpoint.crosman.com/scopes/adventure/72003
     

  3. FernandoTheCommando

    FernandoTheCommando New Member

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    I wouldnt trust a $150 scope on a .300 winmag. Also wouldn't trust it to make shots out to 1000 yds. Not to be a jerk, but your original rifle post sounds like you're new to long range shooting. You realize 1200 yds is over a mile away right. If you reaaalllyyy want a budget scope, I'd say go with a Nikon pro staff. I've heard great things about the price vs quality of Nikon optics.
     
  4. Triumphman

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    Hate to tell you, but you won't get the features in a Scope for the price you're wanting, let alone handle a 300WM on the cheap. These aren't the kind of Rifle that a person spends all Day shooting a couple Boxes through---unless you got lots of Friends to help with shooting. These are 3 to 7 Rounds and that's it for shooting.
    You need to choose what you want to do with this Rifle, as shooting Targets at 1K to 1200 yds will need a Setup that is different from a Hunting Setup for 500yds or less.
    One thing you DON'T WANT is Thin Crosshair Reticle, as this Shoulder Thumper will tear them up in less than a box of 20rds.

    I have seen Folks use a cheap NCStar in 3-9x40 on a 300WM, and killed Deer for a couple Seasons, but they changed to another Scope because it wouldn't hold POI the next Season.

    What do you want? Dedicated Target? or Hunting with some Distance Lobing at the Gong thrown in for fun with Holdover? You might want to raise your expectations up to around no less than $250 to even get some reliability.

    I have a Nikon Buckmaster on a 30-06, so I would start with nothing less than this for a 300WM.
    Wait! I have seen a Center Point 3-9x40 in WalMart for around $50 that says it is tested and will stand up to a 416 Rigsby. This might just work---but for how many Rounds?

    Del
     
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  5. Triumphman

    Triumphman Active Member

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    Fernando, your Yardage Meter needs sent back to Factory for recalibration. a Mile is 5280Feet(1616yds), not 3600ft(1200yds).
    Del
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the OP started this thread to more or less do some thinking outside the box and some brainstorming the ideas. IOW's what can we achieve on such a limited budget. it' also a companion thread to the other one he started.

    how close can we get to the target amount and to see if it's even possible.
     
  7. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    You get lucky every now and then on used optics. Checking eBay when, if ever the time arrives.

    For $150 you are limited even in the used department. I found a Nikon pro staff for $120 that was used with no marks or blemishes anywhere.

    I saw used "higher" brands going for more.

    If it was Nikon I would imagine a "monarch" would be the way to go, those are not cheap.

    A good question here, I'm interested myself.
     
  8. FernandoTheCommando

    FernandoTheCommando New Member

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    Hahaha yeah I meant to say over half a mile drr hrr. I caught it after but was too lazy to edit it.
     
  9. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    DeltaF, I could teach ya how to make that 150 dollars for a scope to go up to 190 with just a few clicks on amazon
     
  10. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Curiosity has been aroused.
     
  11. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    apply for an amazon visa card and you automatically get from 30 to at least 50 (thats what I got) when I applied to get a card on a deal for an eotech 517. because of my good credit rating, they gave me 50 dollars of free amazon money to put towards any purchase. A store was selling the eotech for 295 dollars, new last year, I applied as was told on a websight called slickguns, and got the 50 dollars for applying for the visa and put it on the eotech, which then brought the price down to 245 dollars, That is 100 dollars less than I ever saw them sell back then.

    And once u apply, you dont have to keep the card, just cut it up, and wah lah, you just gave yourself 30 to 50 (or more) dollars for free.

    Trust me, I know about shoppin' :D
     
  12. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Sounds eeeenterstin.......
     
  13. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    it worked for me. and I'd do it all over again.
     
  14. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Shop used. I have an old Redfield Accutrac that I picked up used for under s hundred bucks. It has range finding and bullet drop out to 600 yds. But you can stretch it out to 1000 if you learn your drops and how to use the other parts of your crosshairs, duplex bars as hold over points
     
  15. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    SWFA has a used scope section on their website where they close out cosmetic blemished and demo scopes.

    Nikon, Redfield, and Burris scopes offer good glass for the money and some of the demo scopes can be had at good prices.
     
  16. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Also older Simmons scopes that were made in Japan were pretty high quality, before they shifted manufacture to China.
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Natchez also carries some discontinued and close-outs at reduced prices.
     
  18. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Been done. Kept the card, even tho the rate is a bit high....got a Maxpedition 3 Day pack and got the jumbo Versa Pack for half off, plus $10 shipping...
     
  19. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i would haunt gunshows and pawn shops looking for old used weavers made in el paso. older 1980's redfields are pretty decent.

    ive got a el paso weaver 3.5x fixed power german #1 reticle ive used on my 458winmag for 20 years without losing zero. they made some damn tough optics back then. the new weavers are pretty shtty
     
  20. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Yup, and even the non clearance stuff usually carries a good sale price...just got a bunch of TruGlo stuff from NSS...