Lower power scope suggestions

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by stubbicat, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. stubbicat

    stubbicat New Member

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    Looking for a suitable scope for an older mannlicher schoenaur rifle in cal 243. Maybe 1 to 8 power or so for general predator hunting.

    Am considering a #4 German post type reticle with ranging turrets from Leupold for when I settle on a load. Suggestions?
     
  2. hardluk1

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  3. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A number of makers offer 2-10 scopes. If that's too powerful, look at the Leupold line of 1-4.5 and 1.5-5 scopes.
     
  4. stubbicat

    stubbicat New Member

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    Thanks.

    I shall look into it.
     
  5. jpattersonnh

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    For predators a strait 4x works great.
     
  6. huffmanite

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    If a 1.5-5x32 is suitable, you might want to check Natchez Shooters Supply to see if they have any of the Nitrex TR1 scopes left. Basically you get about a $280 scope for $120 (+shipping). Nice scope, good glass and about same as a Weaver Grand Slam. Made in Japan in same plant as the Weaver Grand Slams. Natchez sells the same power scope in the Weaver Grand Slam line for $300. I've recommended this scope to a number of folks wanting such a power scope for a 30-30 rifle and etc. Those that bought it would later post how happy they were with it.
     
  7. stubbicat

    stubbicat New Member

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    Again, thanks for the heads up. There is also the 2.5 to 10x leupolds with the varmint reticle.
     
  8. huffmanite

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  9. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've never heard of Nitrex. Who makes them??
     
  10. huffmanite

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    At one time ATK ( a darn large military complex company that owns CCI, Speer, Federal, Outers, has contract to run the Lake City ammunition plant for military ammo (and many other companies) owned Nitrex, Intensity and Weaver scopes (may have had rights to Redfield name too, before Leupold). As I recall, Nitrex and Intensity were marketed thru different channels than Weaver. ATK sold Weaver to Meade (telescope maker), who owned Simmons and forget other old scope brand, leaving Nitrex and Intensity ATKs main lines of rifle scopes. Evidently, ATK realized this was a mistake and reacquired Weaver from Meade about a year or so later. Once ATK had Weaver again, they discontinued Nitrex and Intensity brands. So, Nitrex line was made by Low of Japan, the same company making the Weaver Grand and SuperSlam scopes as well as Bushnell's Elite line of scopes.....forget other top brand(s) of scope they make. LOW used same optics and internals in Nitrex scopes they used in Weaver Grand and Super Slams. Light Optical Works (LOW) has been described as maybe the best scope maker in Asia. The Intensity line of scopes were basically Weaver 40/44s and are made in Philippines.....some rumor that LOW owns or has a large interest in this Philippine plant.

    Nitrex and Intensity lines were discontinued and remaining inventory of these brands were sold at a very good price discount, some models with rebates too. For example, I bought a Nitrex TR2 4-20x50 for about $280 (after $100 rebate) and this same scope in Weaver as a Super Slam today you might find priced between $550 to $600, list price of over a $1000. Natchez Shooters Supply evidently handled the selling of Nitrex inventory. Intensity brand inventory sold by Natchez and Sportsmans Guide. Intensity scope I bought cost me around $90 and as a Weaver 40/44 it sells for around $190 or more. Ooops, forgot Natchez very recently reduced this Weaver 40/44 to $140. If I needed another scope in this power range, I'd not hesitate to order one of these.

    By the way, Weaver handles the life time warranty on the discontinued Nitrex and Intensity lines.
     
  11. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    I have an old Weaver 4X fixed power on my .243 I got off the bay for less that $100 and it works great. To me, older rifles look better with vintage scopes.
    cottontop
     
  12. stubbicat

    stubbicat New Member

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    Lots of fine suggestions. I still haven't settled on something I want just yet. I'm still gagging on the price of the EAW rings and bases. There is another manufacturer of the bases, they are marketed through Watts Walnut. You just supply generic Redfield type rings after you buy the bases there. They are less expensive.

    One of the things I am nervous about is having alignment issues or lapping problems.

    I have a Burris 3-9 presently residing on a 22 which I could put on this rifle. It is small enough in overall dimension to work and not look too big. At 3x I am generally content, and can't hold anything over about 7x anyways, as the reticle wobbles and weaves too much for my taste.

    I don't know. At $440 for rings and bases, I only want to have to do this one time, so I guess I must settle on either 1" or 30mm first, and then go from there.