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Scope for semi-auto 30-06?

I've been bowhunting for the last 10 yrs but I just bought a Remington 7400 semi-auto 30-06.

I want to buy a used scope for it, but honestly don't have a clue where to start.


Power/zoom? (there seem to be a ton of options)
Used price? (what would be a fair price for the model you suggest?)

Thank you all for your help.

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Location: Mobile County, Alabama
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Scope for semi-auto 30-06?

For a simple hunting scope I'll recommend a fixed 4 power with a 40mm objective. The big objectives are bulky and will, in some cases, make getting a good cheek position on the stock difficult due to the scope sitting higher than you can comfortably see through.

The brands to look into are Burris Fullfields, Weaver, Nikon Buckmaster and Monarchs, Leupold Vx 2 and Vx 3, Sightron, and the Bushnell Elites. I also recommend getting something with the longest eye relief possible.

I also like Weaver style bases with Burris Signature Zee rings. These have the poly inserts that make good contact with the scope but doesn't scratch it.

Contact Doug, gr8tfuldoug on here, at Cameraland (sponsor on here). He will be able to steer you in the right direction and you won't get ripped off. Big smile

Location: new brunswick
Joined: 12/07/2006
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Scope for semi-auto 30-06?

Get a 3-9 x40mm scope,weaver bases & rings ($35-$40 canadian) and your all set! Thumbs up

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Scope for semi-auto 30-06?

I agree on fixed power. Either a 4X or 6X. For all practical purposes in hunting biggame you should rarely ever need more magnification than these will offer. Since fix powered scopes have less internal adjustable parts, there is less to come out of whack over time or with exposure to shock. They also tend to be a bit less expensive. I recommend Leupold, but that's just my preference.

Todays variable scope tend to come with way too many bells and whistles on them. I think it's best to focus attention on the hunt with a rifle that you shoot well and who's performance you know well, rather than worrying about ranging, adjusting, or fiddling with your optics. Todays hunters tend to make things a way too complicated for themselves with all the fancey new features on their equipment.

Location: Misouri
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Scope for semi-auto 30-06?

3-9 leupold VxII. Zero 2 inches high at 100 yards and go hunting. you'll never need another.