What scope for deer?

Discussion in 'Big Game' started by capt9992002, Nov 11, 2004.

What brand scope is your favorite?

Poll closed Nov 25, 2004.
  1. BSA

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  2. Nikon

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  3. Leupold

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  4. Simmons

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  5. Redfield

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  6. Sightron

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  7. Tasco

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  8. Other (post your brand)

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  1. capt9992002

    capt9992002 Active Member

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    I'm sure this will get a variety of answers, but here goes.

    I'm hunting with my Savage 110 .270 this weekend. It has a cheap scope right now, but will have a new one by the end of the year. My problem is what scope to put on it? I'll use the gun for whitetail, most at 50-150 yards in the open. Some shots up to 200, but until I'm comfortable, nothing over 200 or so. Where I hunt, occasional opportunities arise up to 300 or so yards, but I let them pass. Like I say, probably 80% of my opportunities will be less than 150.

    I saw a Redfield 4-12 x 40 (F.O.V. @ 100 yds. is 27' at 3X; 9'1" at 12X) for $190 at Sportsman's Guide. How does this compare to a comparable Leupold or Simmons or Nikon or (fill in your favorite)?

    About $250 will be my budget limit......
     
  2. 8pointduck

    8pointduck Super Member

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    If someone puts down BSA as there favorite, he needs to be commited. And I do mean to a mental hospital
     

  3. skog

    skog Well-Known Member

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    Last year i bought a 3-9x40 nikon monarch ucc matte for $225 online cablelas and local store sell it for $300 or more. This was not a special this was the normal price. This scope has the same warrenty as leoplod and is brighter then the VX-III. I believe the vx-III is 89% light transmissiopn and the nikon is 95 or 96% I have an orginal redfield and it is a great scope but i know they went out of business and somebody bough the name so i cant not compent on quality. Either nikon or leupold will be great scope for the rest of your life but remomber what you pay for is what you get. also 4-12x40 is going to dark ar higher power. I think a 4-12x50 would be better because it lets more light in. I take 250 shots with my 3-9x40 and have no problem if i have a good rest. This is my opinion and take it for what you think it is worth. I will see if i can find my reciept for my scope to get you the web site if you want.

    skog
     
  4. skog

    skog Well-Known Member

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    http://www.skyoptics.com/Riflescopes.htm

    I have nothing but good things to say about these guys. They were fast, delieverd the same scope that you would buy in stores and were alot cheaper. my scope is now upto 247 now.

    skog
     
  5. capt9992002

    capt9992002 Active Member

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    Thanks, Skog

    I just got back from spending lunch at WalMart drooling over the Nikon and Leupold scopes on display there. I've heard so much about Leupold... but those who have Nikons are really in love with them. Now I'll just have to save my pennies and decide when I get to my $250 mark.

    I agree with the 50mm. I have a BSA (don't hate me... it was too much of a bargain) 3-9x50 on one gun and it DOES let more light in than any of the 40s or smaller I've sighted through. I guess I'm leaning towards Nikon Buckmasters 4-12x50...... But I've got plenty of time to think about it....
     
  6. luv2safari

    luv2safari Moderator

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    1. Zeiss
    2. Leupold VXIII
    3. Burris Black Diamond/Euro Diamond
    4. Burris Signature
    5. Everything else
    This is just my personal choice list; there are many fine scopes on the market. Most scopes of the $150.00 price (on line prices, not MSRP...) on up are good solid optics. We've never had it so good as far as moderately priced and excellent optics!

    I use mostly Leupold VariXII and Burris Fullfield scopes...both sell at decent prices and none have EVER failed me, and they have had the heck beaten out of them at times on horses, in safari cars, under my clumsy falls, and on heavy calibers in rain, snow, and choking dust.
     
  7. Drop-Shot

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    8point it has been awhile but when I was a younger gun accumulater I was so broke I could not buy ammo without taking from peter to pay paul,I was young,stupid,and badly broke.One year I found a scope for 18.00,I bought one a bushnel scopechief or banner,I don't remmember,the point was that we some times get broke enough that a cheap scope looks like our only option,so while some scopes I would not use now,I would have scarfed up back then,you have to remmember a time when you were stretched out and a cheap scope was the only option,I bet you had to buy one.I was told that bsa makes a scope for the 17 cal and it broke during it's tryout,what the heck,get what you can afford and grow into the simmons atec ,expidition and other great scopes,we grew a little at a time and got hit by a cheep scope alot,but the neat scopes you have now would cost a fortune to replace each one.So I understand the cheeper scope market and I say cheep is better than open sights,don't you think?Drop-Shot
     
  8. markIVbigblock

    markIVbigblock Super Member

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    I have 2 Leupold vari xIIIs and a Leupold vari-xII a tasco and a Redfield and a BSA (those 3 came on the guns when i bought them) Ive felt no need to change any of them I love my Leupolds and thats what i will always buy but redfields are nice and i guess the tasco isnt bad BSA is crap IMO but my .22 came in a combo w/ a BSA scope so thats what i have I mounted it and it was dead nuts on right out of the box and stays that way so i have no reason to change it but I wont be surprised when it takes a dump and I would never buy one I wanna try one of those Burris Fullfield II scopes we'll see if i get the chance If i didnt have the money for the Leupolds Burris would def. b somethin id b serious about looking at

    Aaron
     
  9. Drop-Shot

    Drop-Shot Super Member

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    Good answer Aaron,leupolds are nice and the extra eye relief is nice but I looked through my brothers burris and it was clear as a bell and eye relief was not bad,he has never been struck with the burris and he can afford any scope he wants.He travels around the world installing and servicing top drives on drilling rigs.He has been to Africa,England several times in the essex area,off shore in the Pacific,Antlantic,Gulf of Mexico and Sauidy Arabia(misspelled)North Atlantic,he makes more in 1 month than I used to make in 3 months.,and I made alot,close to 100K most years.He is well off and chooses burris over the high priced scopes from Europe,he owns 2 leupolds and 2 burris scopes.He don't have time to hunt so he only has 4 rifles and a couple shotguns and a dozen hand guns.The point I was making is that burris is worth looking at.Drop-Shot
     
  10. 8pointduck

    8pointduck Super Member

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    OK now, I didn't say if you couldn't afford a better scope don't get one. You bet I been there :D , and sometimes I feel like I'm about there again. I got one, its on my .22 rifle.
     
  11. Drop-Shot

    Drop-Shot Super Member

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    Me too 8point,I've had to make a drastic life-style change since being disabled,I used to have a savings account but it seems to be some where else right now,and if the story I get is right,it's injured worse than I am.Oh well,thats life,live and learn-die and forget it all.Drop-Shot
     
  12. Anonymous

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    Bushnell 4200 elite. best scope for the money out there.
     
  13. GordonSetter

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    NcStar

    Hey i'm cheap and they work great. Never had an issue with one.
     
  14. Drop-Shot

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    gordonsetter I was so impressed with the ncstar,I think it's called,during daylight hours I could not tell a huge difference between it and with the redfields.Keep us updated about the scope,they sure looked clear to me!Drop-Shot
     
  15. grimel

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    Nikon sells a scope at Wally World 4x fixed $99. Leop 2-7x $188 again at Wally World.

    It's my opinion if you are buying a cheap scope buy a fixed power scope. A $99 fixed will out last 3 variables at $99 - MY opinion.
     
  16. Drop-Shot

    Drop-Shot Super Member

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    I don't know about that,I bought my leupold for 85.00 in 1969 and its a 3-9X40,I fell down a cliff and used my scope to break my falls,another time I fell about 3 feet and landed on my scope,another time I dropped my leupold out of a boat and went home,got my mask ans snorkel and fins the next day I found the rufle&scope(leupold3-9X40) in 12 feet of cold water,the rifle and scope were fine,I still hunt with it.I can't tell you all the abuse my scopes take,the only one that has was several3-9X40 and a 2-8X38 ll all take more abuse than a lifetime of a normal scope,but my 3-9X40 3.5-10X40VXlll, too many to list,all are varibles and I would not change that.Drop-Shot
     
  17. 8pointduck

    8pointduck Super Member

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    Hey DS, your scopes maybe tough but I bet they don't look pretty anymore :D .
     
  18. grimel

    grimel Well-Known Member

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    Re: re: What scope for deer?

    DS,

    Think about it for a sec, $85 in 1969 was a tad bit more than $85 today. Even online/Wally World $85 will only get you a bottom end Tasco/Simmons/Bushnell variable. The $99 Nikon fixed or $190 Nikon/Leupold 2-7x variable? I'd like the 2-7x, but I can find $99 easier than I can find $190.

    Just looked back, $250 is his limit. Buy a Leupold or Burris in that price range and forget it.
     
  19. Drop-Shot

    Drop-Shot Super Member

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    You can do 250 easy with VXl 3-9-40.Read about it at gunblast.com It was an article about a rifle and a scope,If I remmember right it was a new weatherby(Howa) but with a wooden stock,a bueatiful stock and a 30/06 I think, that shot 1 inch groups.The scope was a leupold VXl 3-9X40 for 179.00,the article talks alot about the scope but ended up with saying it's a leupold american made,and durable with out the bells and whistles of the higher end leupolds.He highly recommended the new model weatherby and leupold for alot less than some rifles without the scope.Drop-Shot
     
  20. grimel

    grimel Well-Known Member

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    Re: re: What scope for deer?

    Yeah, looking back at the $250 limit and a Cabella's catalog makes for some great options. I was on the $100 limit for some reason.