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I'll be looking for a scope for my "new" 7mm Mag BAR. Looking for something in the $200-$300 range. BDC (or some kind of reticle that has points to compensate for bullet drop) would be nice, and I think something like 3-9x would be good. A few I was looking at where the Bushnell Elite 3200 Firefly 3-9x40 or Bushnell Elite 3200 4-12x40, Nikon 4.5-14SF with BDC Reticle, or do you think the Simmons 3-9x40 (that I think I got at Walmart) that's currently on my 30-06 will be ok?

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Location: Misouri
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Buy cheap, buy twice. Buy a Leupold and you'll never have to buy again. Ford or chevy?

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Location: Teton Valley, ID
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Check this scope out. I have it on a Rem. 700 SPS .30-06. I'm thinking of switching it to my 7mmRM Vanguard. It's a little more than $300.00 but close enough I think.

http://www.swfa.com/pc-6212-86-leupold-3-9X40-vx-ii-riflescope.aspx

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Location: Misouri
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Pretty good price.

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Location: Mobile County, Alabama
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Three things that usually get overlooked when shopping for scopes are tube length, eye relief and objective size.

Most scopes now days use short tubes. This can be a problem on a rifle that has a long receiver since the rings and bases will end up being too far apart.

Eye relief is the distance between the ocular (eye piece) and your eye. If the eye relief is too short, the scope will hit your face on recoil. Also, as magnification increases the eye relief will usually decrease.

Lots of scopes today have 50mm and even wider objectives. This allows more light to enter the scope. The down side is that it makes the scope set higher on the rifle. This can cause you to develop an unnatural cheek weld when shooting the rifle due to the scope being too high above the stock. This will generally lead to neck strain and other uncomfortable techniques in order to get a good sight picture.

The good news is that most quality 40mm objectives will gather as much light as the cheaper 50mm's will.

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I use Leupold scopes and highly recommend them but that being said, you didn't list Leupold as your choices. Of what you listed, the Bushnell Elite is an excellent scope from what I have seen. A buddy put one on his rifle and I am really impressed with the clarity of the scope.

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I just came back from the range with a guy that put a Bushnell Legend on his 270.
Not my choice of scope by any means but it sighted in as easily as the more expensive models.
Now, I am not suggesting a $ 150.00 scope will perform like a $500.00 scope but " A Man Gotta do what a Man Gotta do"

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Location: Teton Valley, ID
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Hammer1 wrote:
" A Man Gotta do what a Man Gotta do"

For Sure!

I have a Burris Fullfield II 3-9X40 Ballistic Plex on my Vanguard. I read a lot of good things about them. I figured for $200.00 bucks it would be O.K. for a $400.00 rifle.

It works great! Zero'd at 200yds., the 300, 400 and 500 ticks work well! With some ammo I hold for 300 half way above the 300 tick and hold for 350 on the 300 tick and so on. I'm fine with that. Beyond 600 I adjust elevation MOA and count clicks.

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Location: Montana
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Low light and weather is where the better scopes (more exspensive) will stand out and stand out with a massive gain in optic quality.

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wlfdg wrote:
Check this scope out. I have it on a Rem. 700 SPS .30-06. I'm thinking of switching it to my 7mmRM Vanguard. It's a little more than $300.00 but close enough I think.

http://www.swfa.com/pc-6212-86-leupold-3-9X40-vx-ii-riflescope.aspx

That actually was one of the scopes I looked at, although I don't quite understand how the LRD reticle works, and while it's over my "target budget", it's not drasicly so. As I said in my original post, this is intended for the 7mm Mag BAR I'm getting; I plan on loading 150gr bullets, but I'm aiming for 2700-2800fps (I want to try to not turn the whitetails inside out). I'll probably cook up some loads in the 2700 range and see if I can "tune" it with te BOSS. Leupold's "howto" says 150gr and 3050fps for the 7mm Mag, and that you should sight in the crosshair at 200yd, and with a "Group A" (which the 7mm falls in), the dots below the horizontal line are 300, 400 and 500 yds. So if I sight the crosshairs in at 100, does that make the lower dots 200, 300 and 400? At 50 make the dots 150, 250 and 350? I sincerely doubt I'd ever be taking any game at 500 yards. My guess is 300, MAX. Probably most 200 or less.

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Location: Montana
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If 200 or less, why scope at all?
The recticle in the Leu is basically a semi Mildot. Most people dont know how to correctly use a Mil Dot but if you do it becomes a good tool.

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