Scope for Savage 12FV in .223

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by terry_g, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. terry_g

    terry_g New Member

    I just ordered a Savage 12FV in .223 It should arrive next week. I was looking at several different lower priced
    scopes for it and am hoping that someone here would have experience with them that would help me with the decision.
    The rifle will be used for target shooting at the range mainly. I'm leaning toward the Weaver then the Bushnell.

    Is 18x too much magnification?

    Thanks In Advance!

    The scopes are:

    Weaver 40/44 4 to 12 x 44 Weaver - 40/44

    Redfeild 4 to 12 x 40 Redfield Revolution Riflescopes

    Bushnell 6 to 18 x 50

    BSA 3 to 12 x 40 sweet .223
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2011
  2. Gordo323

    Gordo323 New Member

    I have a model 12 BTCSS. I put a Nikon Monarch 2.5-10X50 (less than $400) , and am very happy!
    Got a lot of good advice on rings and mounts from the folks on this forum, and I can say they steered me in the right direction!
    Whatever scope you decide on, get the Burris signature zee rings and a one piece mount.:)

  3. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    Target shooting there is never too much power. Really some will say you can have too much power but really you never can.

    For just a sit at the bench and kill paper Look for higher power. You seam to be in the $200 to $300 price range. So Here are a few I would look at.

    Vortex Crossfire 8-32x50 AO - Adjustable Riflescope FREE S&H CRF-250-AOHT. Vortex Crossfire Riflescopes, Vortex Riflescopes.

    Bushnell Trophy XLT 6-18x50mm Matte Multi-X Riflescope FREE S&H 736186. Bushnell Trophy XLT Riflescopes, Bushnell Riflescopes.

    Vortex Diamondback 3.5-10x50 Matte Riflescopes FREE S&H DBK-M-03P, DBK-03-BDC. Vortex Diamondback Riflescopes, Vortex Riflescopes.

    Mueller Optics 8.5-25x50mm Eraticator Long Range Red Dot Riflescope FREE S&H MU852550IGR, MU852550IGRS. Mueller Optics Eraticator Riflescopes, Mueller Optics Riflescopes.

    Weaver 4-16x42 Buck Commander Rifle Scopes FREE S&H 94575, 94576. Weaver Buck Commander Riflescopes, Weaver Riflescopes.

    Nikon Buckmasters 4.5-14x40 Waterproof Riflescope SF w/ FREE UPS Rifle scope 6456 6453 6469 6452 5-14x40mm

    Burris 4.5-14x42 Millimeter Matte Black Finish and Ballistic Plex Reticle Riflescope FREE S&H 200183. Burris Fullfield II Riflescopes, Burris Riflescopes.

    Slightly higher than $300

    Weaver V-16 4-16 x 42 mm AO Matte Black Hunting Rifle-Scope FREE S&H 849408, 849409, 849410, 849407, 849414. Weaver Classic V-Series Riflescopes, Weaver Riflescopes.

    Nikon 6-18x40 Buckmasters Waterproof Riflescopes FREE S&H 6472, 6476, 6473. Nikon Buckmasters Riflescopes, Nikon Riflescopes.

    Really take a look at this one>>>>> Weaver V-24 6-24 x 42 mm AO Matte Black Hunting Riflescope FREE S&H 849411, 849412, 849416. Weaver Classic V-Series Riflescopes, Weaver Riflescopes.

    Another one to look hard at. Sightron SII 6-24x42mm

    Another great buy Vortex Viper 6.5-20x44mm

    Now What I run on my varmint rifles.

    I have an older 6.5-20x42mm Nikon Monarch UCC on my Rem 700 in 223. 400+ yards is the best shot with this set up on a VA Liberal Ground Hog.

    I have a 6-24x50mm Nikon Monarch SF on my AR-15.

    I paid $500+ for each scope. It took me a few years and a few lower cost scopes to get to those in reality. I believe you get the most scope for your money in the $400 to $700 price range right now. Sure Leupold MkIV and Nightforce NSX scopes are going to be much better than this price range but they are also $1500 to $2000. I am not one that subscribes to the "Your scope must cost as much or more then your rifle". That to me is just scope snobbery and it comes from idiots that are nothing more than interwebz experts.

    I base my recommendations on what I have found through research and hands on experience with plenty of scopes. I was shooting guns running high end optics when most of the interwebz experts were still shooting red ryder bb guns. I grew up with a house full of CUSTOM built target/ varmint rifles. From a Heavy barreled 223 Remington 700 to a 27# full custom 243 with a scope just about as long as the barrel.
  4. Eric0424

    Eric0424 New Member

    SWFA has the Sweet 223 you're considering for $69, I purchased my Sweet 22 from them about 15 months ago. All the BSA scopes I've bought over the past couple of years have been great scopes especially at the price I'm finding.
  5. fx4fssc

    fx4fssc New Member

    I may get laughed at but I prefer Tasco. I have them on all my guns and have had excellent results. And you can't beat their price and warranty (although I have yet to use it). The "look thru" on Tasco may not be exactly as sharp and clear all the way to the edge of the tube as the higher priced brands, but when you are focusing on the aim spot all that matters is the center of the scope crosshairs. I have had a Tasco World Class 3x9 40 on my Ruger 77RL .270 since 1987 and I use it every year for about 3 weeks of deer season. Still shoots about 1-1/2 MOA when I check it each pre-season -never have had to "tweak" the adjustment.

    When it comes to scope rings and mounts, I have a different opinion. Go rich here - you usually get what you pay for - quality vs. price. You can have a $1500 scope and get sorry results with a $25 set of rings and bases. I usually spend about 2/3 the price on a set of rings and bases as what I do a Tasco scope (except for my Ruger - it comes with great integral rings).
  6. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    Last edited: Mar 26, 2011
  7. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

    I have a couple of Mueller Eraticator scopes. 1 on my RRA AR15 & 1 on my Savage 12.
    They are adequate scopes,nothing great-nothing terrible. They track good,keep zero,and the glass is decent for a cheap scope.They get a little fuzzy on the edges over 20X,but if you can't see what your aiming at,at 20x,you need to see your eye doctor.

  8. terry_g

    terry_g New Member

    I was in the local Walmart store today and walked through their sporting goods section. They had a Bushnell Trophy XLT 6 to 18 x 40 scope in the display cabinet. I brought it home with me.

    I'm not a Walmart fan but I can try it out and if it's not up to par I have ninety days to return it.

    Thanks for the input.