recommend me a rifle scope.

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by red ryder, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. red ryder

    red ryder New Member

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    Spent some time playing with the hunting rifle, and i really feel the old scope that is on there is pretty archaic and would like something alittle more modern.

    Rifle is a Sako L61R chambered to use a 30-06 round with a 5 round capacity. Bolt action of course.

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    I would like something with adjustable magnification, as we will be using it at a variety of distances. I have been looking online but having a hard time deciding since this will be my first time buying a scope new.

    I don't mind paying for something that will last, but i don't need overkill with laser sights or compact design. purely a reliable, accurate scope.

    TIA

    -Craig
     
  2. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    I dont know your exact use for the scope but I'll assume its hunting/ informal target work.
    I dont think you can go wrong with a Leupold vari-x III 4.5-14 if you dont mind spending a few $$.
    Leupold VX-3 Rifle Scope 4.5-14x 40mm Adjustable Objective Fine Duplex Reticle Matte - MidwayUSA
    Low enough magnification for close shots in tight brush, plenty of magnification for longer range/target clarification with your '06. Great customer service and a warranty for the life of the scope. Doesn't matter if your the original owner or you found it in a garbage can. If you can find a used one cheap..Buy it. thats what I do. If you have any problems send to leupold and they will make it good as new. If your looking for longer range go with the 6.5-20x

    For a cheaper alternative I'd look at a swift 4-12 Swift Sport Optics | Riflescopes around $155
    Very clear, well made dependable scopes with a full lifetime warranty. Ive used them for years as do many I know and they are probably the best quality for the price. Id pay nearly twice the retail price before Id choose another brand for the quality they provide----.02
     

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    What ranges do you expect to be shooting? What's your budget? Let us know so that we can assist you better.
     
  4. red ryder

    red ryder New Member

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    my guess would be nothing closer than 100 yards. probably between 100-300.

    Under $200 is my goal, but like i said, most of my experience has been with just plain old sights in the past. this is my first experience with a scope, so not really sure what to look for.

    would i need to get new rings to go with the new scope?
     
  5. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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  6. red ryder

    red ryder New Member

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    thanks for all the info.

    i got the gun handed down to me for free, it was my grandfathers and he can't really shoot or hunt in his current health, so it came to me.

    That being said, i like the rifle, but can't justify mounting a $600 scope to a gun i got for free:rolleyes:

    i'd like to get some more trigger time and practice without too much investment before i go overboard.

    any good places to shop around for second-hand gun accessories?
     
  7. Silvertip 44

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    Take a good look at the Burris fullfield 30 line of scopes.
     
  8. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Dude what kind of scope is on it now?
     
  9. cyendrey

    cyendrey New Member

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    I just got a Leupold VX3 3.5-10x40 and really like it. It should do for anything you want and its a good quality unit. I think they can be had for less than $500 at most places like Bass Pro and Cabelas or on-line as well.
     
  10. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    I use a Leupold VX3 4.5-14X40 with their Boone & Crockett Ballistic Aiming System Reticle for my .308 rifle. They have other reticle styles as well. Use it mostly for 200 to 500 yards. For 30-06 I think it would be great. It costs right at +/- $500.00. Check Midway for their price, it may be considerably less through them.
     
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  12. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    People-the man said he wanted to spend 200$-NOT 500$. For around or less than 200$ you can get a 3x-9x Bushnell Elite 3200, Burris Fullfield 2, Nikon Buckmaster, or a Weaver V10 (2x-10x).
     
  13. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    For under $200, I'd go with the Nikon. I have a prostaff on my 30-06 and it holds a zero and is clear. I got it for around $150 a few years ago. When I was shopping around I liked the Nikon because it seemed to be the "clearest". If I needed another scope in the under $200 price range, I'd get another one.
     
  14. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    Ooops! I scrolled past his post / reply too fast on price range and missed it. Also, I have somewhat of a fettish for VX3's.
     
  15. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Take a look at a Nikon "Team Primus" scope. They're 3 - 9 x 40. They're a Monarch for around $200.-$250. It's essentially a $500 scope, so it's a screamin' deal. .
     
  16. red ryder

    red ryder New Member

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    thanks for the replies.

    i'm definatly making a list and see what i can find at the local stores (we have a local cabela's outlet here)

    What else will i need to mount the scope? can i re-use my current rings? does each scope come with rings? or will i have buy those as well?
     
  17. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Buy a scope with the same diameter tube and you should be able to reuse the rings and mount. Rings and mounts can be very expensive.

    Chances are that the current scope has a 1" tube. Just buy a scope with a 1" tube and you should be good to go.

    Try and research the scope that's on it first, or let us know what it is and maybe somebody here can tell you the diameter. Most older scopes are 1", while many new one's diameters are in millimeters.
     
  18. red ryder

    red ryder New Member

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    i'll have to check the manufacturer when i get home and post some close up photos.

    also going to have to take it down to a gun smith, as the ejector claw on the bolt has popped off, along with a very small spring?.

    hopefully i can get that fixed and a new scope mounted and have a nice hunting rifle for under $400
     
  19. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    A Nikon Pro-Staff scope can be had for around $120-$150. and it's a great scope as well.