When folks spend hundreds on a gun,Jacob,No offense,But you won't get much of a scope for under $350. The recoil of the 30-06 will shake loose most cheap scopes if it is shot much.
It might be a $200 brand new rifle (iirc Thompson Compasses were about 212 after rebate at christmas...) It's hard to justify putting a $500 scope on a TC Compass, or similar.Why do people spend thousands on a firearm, then get all "budget", and stingy,
when it comes to optics?
I agree with Shopfox. Sometimes folks have what money they have. I too owned a Ruger 77 in college. For five years until I graduated, and paid off my school loans, it carried a Western Auto, house brand scope made in Japan. Cost all of $40 on sale, and that was a stretch for my budget at that time. Finally upgraded to a used fixed 8-power Weaver K-856, the last model made in ElPaso, that I bought off a table at a gun show, for $150. I really like that old Weaver, and one of my Rifles still wears it. The cheap Western Auto, now graces the 10/22 I gave the stepson, for his twelfth birthday, 15-years ago.It might be a $200 brand new rifle (iirc Thompson Compasses were about 212 after rebate at christmas...) It's hard to justify putting a $500 scope on a TC Compass, or similar.
Not everyone has a great cashflow situation. Saying, "wait till you have $400 for a scope" is a pipedream. That $100-$200 available for a scope now, may not be available next week or next month if the OP is really strapped for cash.
In college, I had a Ruger M77 .308 with a Tasco world class scope on it. Had that scope broken at that point in life, the money simply wasnt there for a "good" scope.
If he can wait and buy a "good" scope fine - he should do it! If not, and he's stuck at the $100-$200 level, there are serviceable scopes in that price range that will get him by for now.
A Leupold VX-1 would be another consideration in the OP's price range.
It appears to me that Nikon began applying the name "Buckmaster" to lesser expensive scopes sometime in the last decade or two. The older "Buckmaster" was a good $200.00 scope when I bought it at a discount chain store.At one time Simmons made good scopes. Not the case anymore. I will take a VX2 Leupold for $200 over a VX1 any day. A 3-9X40 Nikon Buckmasters 2 is $130 with free shipping at Optics Planet.