Best scope under 100$

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by Josey Wales '94, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Josey Wales '94

    Josey Wales '94 New Member

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    What is the best scope under 100 dollars?
    I have 2 Bushnells for 40$ a piece they work great
    But i bought a 70$ Center Point and i can't even sight it in it has a limited range of elevation and windage adjustments
    My dad bought a 300$ Nikon and it is great but a little too expensive
     
  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    I just had to make a last minute purchase of a scope for my deer rifle. I wasn't going to spend no $500+ on it either. I purchased a Simmons 3-9x50mm for a whopping $55 with free shipping from Optics planet. it sighted in quick and held up to many rounds of full power 30-06 loads with zero POA shift. I would stay away from NC Star and BSA scopes. Other than that pick one and go for it.

    Riflescopes $80 - $100 FREE S&H Burris Riflescopes, Bushnell Riflescopes, Leupold Riflescopes, Nikon Riflescopes, Trijicon Riflescopes.
     

  3. Josey Wales '94

    Josey Wales '94 New Member

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    The simmons i put on my .223 was the cause of my failing to nail my first coyote after calling him in to almost 20 yards about two years ago on a horsebacking trip to New Mexico. the reticle bounced around, it also made me think my .300 was off, but i put a Bushnell on it was pretty accurate
     
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  4. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Your looking at Scopes for under $100. Your not going to get 500 yard .5MOA accuracy out of these scopes. You have to know the limits of it.

    The Simmons replaces another simmons that was 3' low with the elevation cranked all the way up as high as it would go.

    Check out Mueller they are great scopes. They are a little over $100 but well worth the money you pay for them.
     
  5. stalkingbear

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    My suggestion would be to save about another 50$ or so and then the possibilities will open up for a decent scope. Then you have your choice of a Nikon Prostaff 3x-9x, Weaver V9 3x-9x, or a Bushnell Elite 3200 3x-9x.
     
  6. GonzoLonzo

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    Hey Bud, check out manventureoutpost.com , they have a Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9x40 for $156.72, Nikon Buckmaster 3-9x40 for $166.05. Take Stalkingbears advice and spend a little more and you'll get a better scope.


    ManVenture Outpost - The Great Outdoors for Less!
     
  7. dteed4094

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    4 hours of optics threads

    I have spent the last 4 hours reading many threads pertaining to optics so I can decide what to put on a new Stevens 200 .308.:)I am actually more confused than when I started.:confused: I have 2 30.06s, one has a bushnell sportview 3-9 that I put on it when I purchased it (760 Rem). Ive had it for about 25 years and have shot over 20 Pa. whitetails with it and scads of woodchucks.:p I have not touched the scope since I zeroed it the first time. This set-up shoots 1 inch groups 1 inch high at 100 yds. and always has with factory ammo. My other .06 is a butchered 03 Springfield that I've had for about 15 years. It has a low end Tasco I put on it when I bought it. it has been to the range many times a year since I got it and shoots 1 MOA or near that consistantly on a 1 inch bull at 100 yds. and has taken woodchucks at 250 yds. and over. I had the springfield drilled and tapped and did my own mounting on both .06s. I have a sporter 303 Enfield that I made the scope mount out of a piece of 1 1/4 inch angle iron and a one piece Weaver rail and put a low end Tasco scope on last year. I first took it to the range this summer and shot consistant 1 1/2" groups with some minor adjustments from bore sighting by looking through the barrel and lining up the scope. I've shot a couple hundred rounds through it without readjusting the scope. I also have a Savage 12FV 22-250 I put a Tasco on. I have only had this gun out once but It shoots a MOA with 55gr ammo. I think it will tighten up with a lighter bullet. All this is with factory ammo. Now I'm not saying this because I wouldn't like a $1,000.00 scope, but if one of my scopes goes bad I go get a shiney new one. If I spent $500.00 on a scope every time I got a new gun I might have 2 guns. as it is I have around 30. I don't plan on shooting 1000 yds. If I could afford to go on out of state hunts, I could afford $500.00-$1000.00 scopes. As it is I have been on disability for 21 years so I do what I can with what I can afford. I know somebody will say why don't I buy fewer,better guns. The opperative word there is fewer. I have the same addiction that most in this forum have, GUNS. Going into a gun shop is like laying a sringe full of crack in front of a crack addict. I do believe more expensive equipment is better but I also status and testosterone have a lot to do with it and the value vs price are not at all proportionate. Me being a Scottsman might also have a little to do with my opinion.;)
     
  8. cpttango30

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    My 308 wears a $500 Bushnell Elite 4200 6-24x40mm. That was not the first or second scope on that rifle. My Remington wears a $500 Nikon Monarch UCC 6.5-20x42mm agin not the first scope.

    My 308 started our with a very high end Leupold (high end for 50 years ago) then it had a 3-9x40mm Bushnell sportsview, then a Tasco 36x40mm, then a simmons 4-16x40mm now it wears the bushnell.

    My 223 started life with a nice $150 Weaver KT-15 15x40mm then it got a $500 Leupold VX-II 6-18x40mm i traded a guy for the Nikon and I am in heaven.

    I am waiting for the funds to come and when they get here I am purchasing a nice Rock River Arms Predator Pursuit Rifle this is going to have a $700 to $800 scope on it only because I have the funds for it so that is what I am getting.

    The older Tasco (Made in Japan) are far superior to the now Made is China models.

    You buy what you can afford and use it. I couldn't afford high end stuff a few years ago, now I can.
     
  9. Flint Rock

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    I see two options for you. Option A - hit the pawn shops and be willing to haggle. From what I have seen a lot of guns (especially deer rifles now that the season is wrapping up) are finding their way into hock. Option B - forget the scope and invest in some ammo and practice with the iron sights.
     
  10. dteed4094

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    Practice?

    I don't call it practice although that is a secondary result, I call it enjoyment. Im a bit of a recoil junkie. I have a Spanish Mauser 8mm that I shoot regularly, I have shot 2 MOA 10 round groups with the origional iron sights.
     
  11. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    I stand corrected. It is not practice if you enjoy every shot:D.
     
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  13. lonyaeger

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    Got one of these I'll sell ya:
    Welcome to NcSTAR

    $75.00 plus shipping. PM if interested.
     
  14. jpattersonnh

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    NC Star are not to be trusted. I have an old BSA 6-24x42mmAO that has been on a 2 rifles. It sits on a Marlin 917V now. Some of the best low end scopes I have purchased have been used scopes. Low end as far as price. The only simmons I have that has been 100% is a 15 year old 3-9x32mm. I put a Weaver V10 on my 7mm Rem Mag. VG scope. $100.00, your best bet is a used scope that a gunshop has taken off.
     
  15. lonyaeger

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    Care to elaborate on that?
     
  16. FiveF

    FiveF New Member

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    Dont buy any Bushnell

    Hello, not really sure about what scope will be good for under a 100, I am sure there are some out there, but I wouldnt buy anything Bushnell, Tasco, or Millett (there all part of the same company). They have lousy coustomer service. Bushnell has had my Millett scope rings now for 4 months! I have a Simmons I picked up used for 50 bucks and its great. I bought an off brand scope at a gun show for 100, and its been o.k. Other than that I rely on good old iron sites, they never go bad, with practice you can hit a papper plate out 200+ yards no prob.
     
  17. cpttango30

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    The 2 BSA's I have walk all over the target.
     
  18. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Nikon Pro-Staff scopes run around $129. They can be sometimes be found on sale for less. They are an excellent scope for the money and they hold zero forever.

    If you frequent other gun forums, quite often you can get a deal on a used scope. Many times they weren't even mounted, or if they were, they made one trip to the range and are now for sale.

    Take your time, shop around and ask questions of the folks who know optics. Good luck. :cool:
     
  19. DarinCraft

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    Tango.....ummmmm, yeah......ummmmmm, your avatar makes me feel.....well....ummm....kinda strange.....:confused::confused:
     
  20. dteed4094

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    Bsa

    I have a friend with a 10/22 that is a tack driver. He put a bsa on it and sighted it in at 50 yds. and had a ragged hole dead center zero on 6 power. When he went to 9 power his group opened up and went 4" high at the same target. When he adjusted it back to 6 pwr it came back down. Call it what you may but I don't want it.