Most durable scope (under $700)

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by icallshotgun88, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. icallshotgun88

    icallshotgun88 New Member

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    Title says it all..
    Looking for recommendations for the MOST DURABLE scope for $700 or under..
    I'm putting all other features of a scope aside (fixed or variable, power, etc.) simply looking for DURABILITY.


    It will be for a Remington 700 chambered in .308

    I don't care about much else besides durability and ruggedness.

    It will be for mostly target shooting, occasional hunting but mostly end of the world type stuff.
    I want to put one scope on my rifle and shoot thousands and thousands of rounds with it and be able to keep it for life and pas it down to my children.

    Thanks for your help
     
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  2. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Well if your don't mind that its inaccurate, doesn't have clear glass. I suppose any of them would work just fineb
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    what kind of durability are you talking about? you need to clarify your needs much better if you want better suggestions.

    scopes by nature, any scope, even high dollar and high end scopes are fairly delicate items that need to be treated with care.

    fixed power scopes for the most part are some of the more durable ones, because there are less moving parts than a variable power scope.
     
  4. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Several companies have a guaranteed for life. Vortex is one of them and from past experience they have excellent customer service.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    that's true, but in a SHTF type of situation, a lifetime warranty is kind of worthless.
     
  6. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    oh it better be still of value, or then they too will experience a shtf scenario. ;)

    To the op, then get something like an aimpoint scope.
     
  7. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    a fixed scope is more durable than a variable, but if you want something of quality, get a schmidt and bender, but you might have to sell off a few other guns first to afford one. But what is 3500 dollars if your life is on the line? ;)
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i don't think he could get the lens covers for a Schmidt & Bender for $700!:eek:

    Leopold is a good brand. Bushnell, Nikon, Redfield, ect..........most hunting scopes are pretty durable as far as scopes go, because they are made for hunting.

    but any scope, can get knocked out of adjustment if it takes a tumble or fall. crosshairs can get broken. lenses can be broken or cracked, or lose the gas that keeps them sealed from the elements.

    iron or open sights may be the best option.
     
  9. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    So true on the scope covers lol :eek:

    Agreed, Iron sights for the backup and practice with them so you know how to use them when the time comes, and maybe a QD scope for until it breaks. then detach and go to irons. you wont be doing no 800 plus yard shots, but at least your gun will be usable for anything 300 yards and closer.
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Bring it to 787$ and its trijicon 3-9 mildot accupoint I would honestly save a few $$ and get that one its definately worth it!!
     
  11. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Your most durable scope would be a single magnification like a 6x or 10x scope.

    http://swfa.com/Bushnell-10x40-Elite-Tactical-Rifle-Scope-P48273.aspx

    http://swfa.com/Sightron-10x42-SIII-30mm-Riflescope-P45294.aspx

    http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-10x42-Tactical-30mm-Riflescope-P500.aspx

    Ant of these would serve you well,but I'm partial to the Sightron SIII. I've got 5 Sightron scopes,and they are great optics, I have a SII 4-16x42,and 4 of the SIII 6-24x50 long range scopes,and the glass is close to my Swarovski PH which cost about 2.5x times more.
     
  12. Triumphman

    Triumphman Active Member

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    Nightforce would probably be most durable since it's used in Military/Police/Snipers and People that like quality. I like them, but I can't afford them.
    Reasonably priced durable Scope I've found is a Nikon Buckmaster 3-9x40. I have one mounted on a Mule Kicking Mossberg 30-06 and it's not failed me yet in 6yrs--and I bought it used, and it's always stayed POI every Year. Will Cloverleaf 4 rounds at 100yds. Yes, it is banged around in back of Vehicle/ATV and a couple times into a Tree while I lean it up against it. It's mounted with Leupold Rings.
    Del
     
  13. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I have good luck with fixed power scopes. It's not that I don't want to pay for a variable power scope. My primary use of a rifle is hunting. A fixed power scope meets my needs. I need a scope with instant clarity and field of view at 25 yards but I need to see well enough to take a 300 yard shot. A 4x fixed power scope does everything I need for my intended usage of the scope. I have used fixed power scopes for close to 30 years. The only one that ever failed or drifted was a BSA shotgun scope. It took several years of 12 ga 3" slugs to kill the BSA.
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    lots of good choices for a scope at a the price of $700 or less. stay with most of the major brands and you should be fine. pick the scope for the intended job. target scopes of higher maginification are not the best for hunting except for long range varmint hunting. as hunting scopes are not the best choice for long range shooting. the higher the magnification the higher the need for better glass. better glass equals more money for qualilty.
     
  15. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If the only thing that is important to you is durability, just go with the iron sights and buy another rifle with your savings.