Best sub 200$ scope for .308

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by beastmode986, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    I plan on getting a Ruger American soon and I am going to need a good scope. I plan on using the rifle for a shtf rifle, plinking, deer, and hogs. I only plan on spending 200$ on the scope maybe + or - 20$ I am hoping to be able to take game out to 300+ yards but I cant see myself ever shooting more than 500yds.
    What scopes do you guys recommend?
    Thanks
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Not sure you'll find something that cheap that will stand up to the punishment.
    Do you really want to trust your life to inferior gear?
    Personally I want the best of the best when it comes to shtf.
     

  3. Triumphman

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    Go with a good solid Nikon. You can get the Pro Staff in 2-7x32 for around $160, a 3-9x40 for $150 or move up for more robust to the Buckmaster $250. All these will have the BDC, but you can find them without the BDC for a little less. I picked up a Buckmaster around 6yrs ago Used and paid only $160.

    Bushnell also has some very good made Scopes nowadays. The older Elite 3200 in 3-9x40 with "Firefly" Reticle is a great bargain for around $200, but I have seen it for less.
    Del
     
  4. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    Ok thanks guys, lets say I do spend 300$, how much better quality would I get?
     
  5. p35bhp55

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    My 30 year old Ruger 77 RS has a Burris FFII 3x9x40 with the Ballistic Reticle. It's a good fit in med Ruger rings and works well. I can't see me trying to go past 300 but a newer rifle and shooter combo might do ok. SWFA and Natchez have them at about 200 bucks.
     
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  6. huffmanite

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    Take a look at www.natchezss.com and check the Weaver 40/44 3.8-12x44 Aspherical lens scope, around $130 plus maybe $14 shipping. Very good optics in this Philippines made scope. Own one myself and its been a very decent scope for me. Natchez price, last time I checked around, well below any one else.

    Also, if a 3-9 power scope is OK, check Natchez for what is left of the Nitrex TR1 scopes they still have left to sell. Price should be under $130. Nitrex is a discontinued brand, but basically its a Weaver Grand Slam scope....Nitrex and Weaver both owned by same company and both made in same Japanese plant with same internals and etc. Weaver handles their warranty. Have a couple of the Nitrex TR2 scopes and they are outstanding.
     
  7. Txhillbilly

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    If you'll step up to $300,this is probably one of the best scopes that you'll find for your money.
    I have two of these in 6-24x50 on my 223 varmint rifles,and have a 3-15x50 Super Slam that replaced the Classic Extreme line as Weaver's top of the line scope.
    The quality of the lenses is top shelf,the clarity is that of scopes costing $1k+,I know this since I have quite a few higher end scopes to compare them to. Tracking is very good,and Repeatability is also very good. The only negative that I have with them is they have a lot of eye relief,almost too much for me personally. But,most shooters will love this issue.

    http://www.natchezss.com/product.cf...8A7787-5AAA-5154-A36C-98BC737C8E92&src=mbProd
     
  8. CourtJester

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    Check on Sight Mark. I have them on my 22, 17hmr, 308, and 338 Lapua. They have all help up really well with zero issues
     
  9. sandog

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    Under $200, Sightron SI, Redfield Revolution. Under $300, Vortex Diamondback.
     
  10. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    Amazon, follow closely the recommended posts.
     
  11. huffmanite

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  12. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    Alright, thanks for the help everyone. Now I need to research some of these scopes.
     
  13. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Also, if you buy through amazon, and fill out their online visa card application, they will give you 30 to 40 dollars of free credit. I have a great credit rating, so i got 50 dollars, 10 more than advertised. Put that towards your scope, or a 40 dollar more expensive scope,, and you can have a 240-250 dollar scope, or get a 200 dollar scope for 150-160

    :)

    You can then pay off the card and destroy it afterwards if you so choose.
     
  14. owdiss

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    May want to look at the Nikon m-308 scope Nikons are on sale right now may be able to pick up for a good price
     
  15. Partridge02

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    I just picked up a Nikon buckmaster 3-9x40 at Cabelas for $119 before tax. I guess they were trying to series them out for the prostaff 5 line. It was in the bargain cave with several other silver ones but I got the last matte finish.
     
  16. Texgunner

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    Give the Vortex Diamondback series a look. I just got a 4 x 12 power from Natchez for $189 plus shipping.
     
  17. John_Deer

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    If you plan to hunt hogs I would avoid high magnification scopes. High magnification is OK for target shooting. Hunting is a different game. You will find yourself taking shots while you are breathing heavy after a sprint up a hill to get to a spot for a great shot. You need to be able to cover ranges from 3 to 300 yards instantly. Often game is going to surprise you. Animals will walk right up to you without giving you an opportunity to raise your rifle, much less adjust a scope.

    You might want to consider more research before purchasing a scope. No one here has been to the places you plan to hunt. You haven't mentioned the techniques you plan to use to get in range of the animals.
     
  18. jpattersonnh

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    Good advice!!!!


    If you plan on SHTF, why a big bell scope?? It has to be mounted high, makes for a crappy cheek wield, and skylines you. You want a good 2-7x32mm or 4-32mm scope.

    Not a bad choice.
    http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/43453

    A 7 power at 300 yards is a peice of cake. That would look like a 42 yard shot.
     
  19. Dan308

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    I would look to
    Weaver
    Vortex
    Burris

    I do think for $300 you can get a scope that will do everything you want out to 300 yards and be reliable too.
     
  20. bradam

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    if it is not to late nikkon monarch 5-20x44 for 379.00 at natchez