Can a Lower Priced Scope be Good Quality?

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by CA357, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Here's a question for the more expert optics folks here. Can a lower priced scope be of good quality? I'm sure I'm not the only one here on a tight budget who wants the best value for the price.

    I know Nikon's relatively well and the Pro-Staff line gives lots of bang for the buck. What other scopes are out that are better than their price would seem to indicate?

    I am looking for scopes priced up to $300. plus or minus a few bucks.
     
  2. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Burris Fullfield II. Redfield is made by Leupold. Stay away from Simmons.
     

  3. Squirrel_Slayer

    Squirrel_Slayer New Member

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    There are some Millets in or about that price range as well, and I think they are excellent. Bausch & Lomb glass in them too.
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    it can be hit or miss with a lot of big names when you start scraping the bottom of the price line. it really depends on what your going to use it on what distance your primary shooting is going to be and whether or not your hunting with it and where you are hunting.

    for example if your shooting a high irecoil cartridge or one with a lot of back blast as in a huge .50bmg with muzzle brake your not gonna want a el-cheepo. but for like say a .22lr bolt or semi the 25$ walmart special will work fine for potting elk out of the trees.

    the cheapest scope i had was when i had just turned 18 i bought a crossman airgun scope for 10$ it had no gas inside it was basically a set of xhairs thick as hotdogs the tube was cheap metal with round piece of plastic on each end for lenses. used it for several years on my ruger 10/22 took a LOT of rabbit and squirrel with it. it never seemed to lose its zero and worked great till the lenses got too scratched up.

    far as i know the lower end end leupolds are decent my dad has a vx1 on his winchester mod 70 super grade and it works fine for him he is more than happy with it.

    the cheapest one i have is a tasco redot that came with my used ruger mk2 and a rough breeze will throw it off.
     
  5. CourtJester

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    I use some really strong zoom scopes made in China and sold on E-bay for next to nothing on my .22's and .223's. I tried one on the 308 and wasn't as thrilled. Put it back on the .223 and it worked fine. (could be wrong) I assumed it had to do with the heavy jolt a 308 gives it so I use name brand scopes on the hard thumping guns. I've never had an issue with them on the lower kicking rifles.
     
  6. whtsmoke

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    Burris has a deal going right now on the fullfield where you buy a 2-7,3-9 and you get a burris scope for your 22 free. cabelas have them on thier web site.
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I've narrowed it down to either the Nikon Pro-Staff 4-12x40 or a Bushnell Trophy XLT 6-18x50. ;)

    I've done my homework and can get the Nikon for $134.95 + shipping at SWFA and the Bushnell for $218.95 with free shipping at Amazon

    I'm going to see if I can steal a Bushnell on ebay. I'm bidding on one there right now.

    BTW, Millet scope tubes are metric, not inch. I like the Vortex scopes. I looked at the Viper and Diamondback lines. However, the Nikon Pro-Staff seems to equate to the D'back line for a better price.
     
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  8. Squirrel_Slayer

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    Anything Millet that has a 35mm tube comes with it's own rings. Just a thought.
     
  9. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Did you price check the Vortex at Promotive? Good deals there also.
     
  10. CA357

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    I was just going to suggest that. :p
     
  12. Squirrel_Slayer

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    Vortex, milky in low ligh conditions, cross hairs on the first focal plain so they grow and shrink with the magnification, and I found they are hazy at anything above 16 power. Some folks love em though. Just my .02$
     
  13. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    OK show me a $150 scope that has options that don't show up on many scopes 4 times that price.

    He is looking for a good low prices scope.


    My vortex is not milky in low light it is rather bright for a $125 scope. You have to look at what you are getting.

    If you wanted a higher power scope Muellers are great scopes. SWFA Mueller Riflescopes Mueller APV Riflescopes

    There is a big difference between a low cost scope and a cheap scope.

    A low cost scope lives up to its name and provides good quality, good warranty, and good performance and a good price.

    A cheap scope is just that. Cheaply built doesn't work properly can't hold a zero. I have seen many scopes that are like this. NC Star, BSA, Simmons are the bottom of the rung in optics in my eyes.

    I would not put them in the same class as a Nikon Buckmaster, Bushnell Trophy XLT, Mueller.

    I would also shy away from that new Redfield. They are not a one piece tube and over time will develop leaks and become fogged and worthless. Even some of the lowest prices bushnells have a one piece main tube.

    it all depends on what you want. If you need a low cost scope find the one that fits your budget and hits the most of your wants and needs.

    You can always sell it and use that when you want to upgrade.
     
  14. lonyaeger

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    I think the Millets that are made with 35mm tubes and free rings are their long-range scopes.....not what the OP is looking for.

    But I could be wrong.
     
  15. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Leapers UTG, works just fine for me. Cheap too. Never had a problem. I also never had anything of real quality to compare with.
     
  16. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Just to reiterate my thinking here to avoid confusion. :cool:
     
  17. lonyaeger

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    In other words.......no more meandering! With the utmost in tact!
     
  18. M14sRock

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    Don, the Nikon stuff is better than the price you pay.

    Bushnell is only worth the risk in their Elite lines which are excellent.

    Burris has possible the worst customer service available, and one scope is bombproof while the next falls apart.

    Of the ones you stipulated, I'd get the Nikon. But I'd also check out the Leupold Rifleman series. Not wazoo cool, but good solid scopes.
     
  19. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Wazoo cool? :eek:
     
  20. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Wazoo cool.

    As in, "Man that is awesome, but I'll never be able to afford one, though when I can afford one I could use it to beat baby seals or zombies to death without affecting the zero."


    oh

    :D
     
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