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bushnell scope question

i'm looking at buying a new weatherby vanguard .270 which retails for somewhere around $450. the weatherby website also shows a package deal where the vanguard comes topped with a 3x9-40mm bushnell banner scope for around $650.

anybody have experience or know anything about the bushnell banner scopes? weatherby has an out-of-the-box guarantee on their accuracy which is somewhat of a comfort. but i've also heard that on those package deals you generally get a low end scope mounted on whatever rfile you get.

any advice?

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bushnell scope question

For the additional $200 you can get a much better quality scope. Burris, Nikon, Leupold or a higher grade Bushnell, if you spend a bit of time shopping.

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I agree with fuzzy. At $200 more you should buy the rifle and scope seperate. $200 will get you a much better scope than the banner!

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I agree with the other posts. Looks like they got their profit margin tucked away in the scope.
Always buy the best scope & mounts you can afford. i would much prefer an average rifle and good scope than a good rifle and an average scope anytime.

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banners are garbage stay away from them. they dont gather near enough lite and the old sayin says you get what u pay for

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I have a Banner "dusk to dawn" 1.75 to 4.5 power on one of my shotguns, killed 2 deer with it this year. It is an ok scope and only paid $69 for it on line. So no, don't get the added scope for $200 it is a rip off.
The way I have always looked at it is buy the best gun you can afford and are happy with then put the best scope you can afford (after buying the gun)on the gun. The scope you can upgrade easier than the gun as far as money go's down the line.
I have a Parker-Hale 30-06 modle 1100 lightweight I bought about 10 years ago. Just love the gun to death. When I bought it I did not have a lot of money left over for good optics so I spent $100 on a Bushnell Trophy 3 to 9 power scope for it. Figgured I would upgrade in 1 or 2 years. I sighted that scope in and have not had to touch it since. I have carried that gun all over the mts of NY after bear and deer, Bear hunting up in Onterio, Moose hunting in Quebec and Deer hunting in Vt and Maine. To be honest with you I consider it one of the best scopes (and I have many) I own, due to the abuse it has put up with and it still points true. I keep saying I want to put better optics on the gun but have a hard time justifying it.

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Many years ago I had an older Bushnell Trophy. I always thought it was a fine scope. I don't remeber what happened to that scope. Probably left it mounted to one of the many rifles I've sold.

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I agree that for around $200 you can do better than the package scope. I suggest buying the rifle separate and getting a Burris fullfield ll or Pentax pioneer ll. Also the Bushnell Elite 3200 line falls into this price range. I keep an eye on gunbroker and auctionarms as well as Ebay. Also watch Natchez shooting supplies for closeouts and clearance scopes. The rifle can be bought through Buds Guns for $406.00, add the bases, rings and scope for another $275 or so and you have a great package at a great price.

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