What Scope to Buy?

Discussion in 'Rifle Talk' started by Jeff23, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. Jeff23

    Jeff23 Well-Known Member

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    Now that I've made my move and ordered a new Remington 700 DM mountain rifle in 7mm-08, I'm giving some more serious thought to scopes. My budget is about $200. I intially thought I'd go with a Leupold VX-1 or one of their new Rifleman scopes. However, I'm interested in hearing about other companies and other products. The guy who runs the gunshop where I bought the rifle really likes Sightron scopes. This is the first I've heard of them. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has experience with or thoughts on Sightron, or for that matter any scope in my price range.

    Sighton's web page is here:http://www.sightron.com/

    I really like the Leupold's lifetime warranty, and I figure they wrote the book on waterproofing and anti-fogging. I do plan to get the flip up scope caps for whatever scope I buy.

    Thanks for further opinions--I've heard some already with my original posts, but if anyone has second thoughts, have at it. :)
     
  2. chips

    chips Well-Known Member

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    my favorite scopes are bushnell. i believe they have a lifetime warranty on all scopes. i had one that came with my 710. after i broke that, instead of having the bushnell replaced, i put on a leoupold vx-3. that scope went onto my dads rifle after a couple months, and i got a simmons 44 mag scope put on my rifle.

    out of those three, my favorite was definately the bushnell
     

  3. markIVbigblock

    markIVbigblock Super Member

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    you cant go wrong w/ a leupold vari-x II its a little more than 200 but its worth it

    Aaron
     
  4. Grendelrob

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    I have a pair of Sightron binoculars that I think work great. They bring in light as well as any other pair I've had, and better than most. They are very tough. I think they also have a lifetime warranty, but not sure about that.

    Either one you choose will serve well.

    Rob
     
  5. wwb

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    A lot of guys rag on Bushnell scopes because you don't need a second mortgage to buy one, but I've got a Bushnell 2.5X on my old .30-30 The scope is nearly 30 years old, and has been in weather from -20 to 70 degrees, rain, snow, fog... you name it. Never fogged, holds a zero year after year.

    I've got a Bushnell 1.5-4.5X on my .44 mag carbine, and it's ten years old now.... no problems with it, either.
     
  6. Jeff23

    Jeff23 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks to all for the info--I'll be making a decision some time in the next couple of weeks, I'd say. I'm thinking that this 7mm-08 mountain rifle will be my deer rifle for the rest of my hunting days, so I want to get a good solid outfit together. One of the many pleasures of buying a new gun is talking about it with friends, and the boards here have let me do that on a wider basis than usual. I'll keep you all posted :D

    Jeff23
     
  7. errolhunter

    errolhunter Active Member

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    hi jeff23, you can get a bushnell 3200 elite 3x9x40 with rainguard for right at $200 at basspro i have one on my rem 700 adl .270 cal. .errol
     
  8. RWH24

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    I have a Bush Elite 3200 4-12-40AO on a Anschutz 22 rifle. It is very clear and positive click adjustment. The Elite 3200's series very good with a lifetime warranty. I had the crosshairs changed to a finer line. I have a Nikon Buckmaster 3-9-40 on my Tikka 243. Clear, solid positive click adjustment like the Bushy. Lifetime waranty. Some of the Leupolds are not click adjustment. They are friction tight (Riflemen, VX-1 and maybe some VX-2's)
    Burris is also another choice. If you are wanting a lighter scope to match your rifle a compact is the way to go.
    I bought my scopes from SWFA. I live close enough to drive there and check out the glass. I also bought a Leica 800 rangefinder from them. Here is the link to SWFA.

    http://www.swfa.com/

    Chris and the gang are good people to do business with :wink:

    Good luck, A lot of good choices :? :

    Randy
     
  9. Jeff23

    Jeff23 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Errol and RWP! :)
     
  10. Drop-Shot

    Drop-Shot Super Member

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    While I've never owned a sightron I do own several leupold scopes of all sizes.I've dropped them out of tree stands,fell 3 feet and landed on the side of the scope,I lost the whole rifle and scope out of the boat over night,came back the next day and froze my butt diving and retrieving the gun and scope,no problems,I cleaned the rifle and scope and it's still on mt ruger 77 till this day and works great.There are alot of good scopes out there but I know 1 that takes a whipping and keeps on ticking.Drop-Shot
     
  11. Jeff23

    Jeff23 Well-Known Member

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  13. A Bolt

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    Jeff23
    Wise choice. You have a good setup, enjoy :D
    Have a good day sighting it in.
     
  14. Drop-Shot

    Drop-Shot Super Member

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    jeff23 if you don't mind,how much did that scope set you back and what were your reasons on getting that scope?Drop-Shot
     
  15. Jeff23

    Jeff23 Well-Known Member

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    Drop-shot--

    It was about $350. Basically, I wanted the wider field of view for close-up shots. I also liked the Sightron tracking mechanism for sight-in. Read all the reviews of Sightron I could find and they were universally excellent. Didn't think I need more than 6X for the longer shots. I could probably have done with a 2-7X but I'd decided to go whole hog and get the outfit I wanted. Should I ever sell the rifle, I can always keep the scope.
     
  16. Drop-Shot

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    jeff23 thanks for the reply,I've used leupold all my life but I'm open to new ideas,I hate to put it this was but at that price there must be quality so keep me up to date about its performace,I'm not so loyal to one manufacture that I would not think of other scopes and I would like to buy a rifel soon,probely a titka but optics are up in the air.If any one has something to say about sightron then drop me a line.Congrats on your set up and have fun.Drop_Shot
     
  17. Jeff23

    Jeff23 Well-Known Member

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    I think you can probably get Sightron scopes for far less money. I was looking at the Si 2-7X at first, and I think I found a couple for $150 and change on the web--use "froogle," the new google web search for shopping and it finds you the lowest prices. I almost went with Leupold, too.

    One of the reasons for buying the Sii was that I really did want to be able to dial the 1.5X for field of view, but another was that I respect the salesman at North Cove Outfitters. He discussed Sightron's tracking system in detail with me and it really did seem to be an advantage. I guess I spent a bit more than I would have by ordering the scope online and mounting it myself, but I have this thing of keeping local dealers in business and not buying everything online or from Wally-world.
     
  18. Aix Sponsa

    Aix Sponsa Member

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    leupold vari-x II hands down cant go wrong can dropem and kickem and their usualy allways on. Aix
     
  19. phideaux_2003

    phideaux_2003 Active Member

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    Can't go wrong with Leupold.

    Nick
     
  20. claycrusher

    claycrusher Well-Known Member

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    I've got a Leupold VX-II and I love it! It is by far the clearest scope I have owned. All my other scopes were the $75 types and I am very glad I switched.