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Which scope should I get?

I'm looking into a new scope for my remington 700 sps stainless. I'm looking for something around the $400 dollar range. All shots are usually taken under 400 yards.I'm looking into the Leupold VX-11 in 3-9x40mm, Nikon Monarch in 3-12x42, Bushnell 4200 series in 3-9x40mm or a Nikon buckmaster in 3-9x50mm. I'm definately leaning towards Leupold and Nikon. I'm new to most of this and your help is greatly appreciated. I know i'll be happy with whatever I get, but I'd like to hear anything you guys have to say about these scopes. Thanks.

-Jared

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Re: Which scope should I get?

I mostly own Leupolds, in fact I've only ever bought Leupold scopes. I do have a couple different brand of scopes on rifle that were either passed down to me or aquired second hand, some vintage, some modern. But I've also had the opportunity in my life to have fired various rifles equipped with various brand scopes. Rifles topped with anything from brands like Schmit & Bender to Tasco and lots of other brands in between. I say if you have that much money to spend go with Leupold they are a great, reputable, solid company, and a great quality American made scope.

I have some variable powered scopes, but after years of using different scopes in the field I've come to one conclusion - if I could go back and do it all over again I would have just bought all of my Leupold scopes in a fixed power model. Out to 400 yards a fixed power 4X or 6X is plenty of magnification for biggame hunting. Nearly all the game I've taken with a rifle have been killed at under 200 yrds and most inside 100 yrds. On all my variable powered scope I typically set the magnification at 5X for a 33mm objectice lense, that magnification gives the best light for that size lense. Since I never touch the magnification setting ever once I set it I don't see any use in having the variable power feature on my scopes.

I've found over the years that when it comes to both rifle and scope, simpler is better, for both me and the game I'm persuing. Fixed power and plain wide duplex reticals. No technology these days can compensate or replace skill acquired over many years of practice and intimate knowledge of your rifles. That's why I say simpler is better. Also I would not go with an objective lense larger than 42mm. Any Obj lens size from 20mm to 40mm is great for target shooting and hunting. Just my opinion.

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Re: Which scope should I get?

Oh one more thing. Since you say your new to all this I'd like to offer one more piece of advise. If you're not already I encourage you to become a member of the NRA. Every gun owner in this country should be an NRA member, especially these days.

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I own a good number of scopes, among them Leupolds (lots!), Nikons, Burris, Bushnell (Elite 3200 and 4200), Weaver, and more. The finest scope that can be bought for $400. in my opinion is the Zeiss Conquest. You should be able to find both the 3-9x40 and 2.5-8x32 for that price and a 4X fixed for $100. less. I own both variables and they are very fine scopes! The next best scope I'd recommend would be the Leupold 30mm European model at just a tad over $400., in either 2-7x33 or 3-9x40. Thumbs up

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Thank you both for the advise! Since I bought my rifle from bass pro they will boresight it for free if I get a scope from them. They have the zeiss conquest, but for around $500. I'm pretty set on the Leupold. I've only used variable scopes along with my friends so a fixed scope will be something new. I think i'll go to the store and look through some variable and fixed scopes to decide. I'll definately look into NRA.

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I've bought Leupold scopes since the 70's. They are good dependable scopes. But, now that my eyes are getting older, i need something better in "low light conditions", so i decided to "update" the optics on my "go to" gun. So, off i went to look at all the better scopes i could lay my hands on. The one scope that for MY eyes, was better than all the others in low light conditions, was Zeiss Conquest, and that's what i bought.

Now after owning one for nearly a year now, i bought a second one, and i'm VERY happy with the choise i made!

DM

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Welcome to BGH Drilling Man!

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another good scope that seems

another good scope that seems to be as good as leupold is the burris fullfield II 3-9x40.they are a great scope and have a lifetime warrenty.it sells for $200.00

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I'm on a college budget so I

I'm on a college budget so I can't afford any of those choices right now so by that standpoint any would work. But if I was in your shoes I would be going with the leupold. It is hard to beat the gold ring.

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I'd get a Zeiss 3x9x40 for

I'd get a Zeiss 3x9x40 for that price range. A great scope for the money.

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