Im a new hunter and could use some suggestions on picking out a scope for my savage .243 that I will be using for deer hunting. What would an ideal scope be for $120 or less? Thanks for your help.
Bushnell makes some good entry level scopes in that price range. Their Banner, Dusk to Dawn, trophy, and sportsman scopes should be okay. I would go with a straight 4x scope so you get the best bang for your buck.
I'd go with either a bushnell or leopould, almost every company out there makes a reasonably priced 3-9x if you need something with more power then a 4x for most deer hunting this probably won't happen.
3-9X40 seems to be the standard for off the shelf and should suit you well. Also agree with the Bushnell series. For that price range they're probably the best choice. Leupold is better, but you might have trouble finding one in that price range (certainly here you will).
I have a Banner on my .308 and a Trophy on my muzzleloader. They work fine.
Go with Nikon Monarch or Leupold MK2 or MK3 I put a Nikon on my Sako 243 and I LOVE IT! GO WITH 3-9X40
For $120.00 or LESS he couldn't touch either one of those.
Even the scope I mentioned above he'd need to scrape up another $50.00.
I realize that BOTH of the scopes you mentioned are darn good ones,.. I even own one of the Leupold VXL long distance scopes,. but for me to recomend that one,... he' need almost 8 times what he's willing to spend.
For the $170.00 plus tax he couldn't find ANYTHING comparable in clairity and crispness in any other lineup for that price.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...