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I just recently bought a new 270. I'm having a hard time deciding on the scope I want to get for it. Im leaning more towards a Nikko Sterling Nighteater 4x16x50. I currently have a Simmons 2.8x10x44 on it but I dont think that does the 270 justice. Any suggestions on a good scope for $250 or less?

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from country road wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Check out Redfield for a less expensive, good quality scope.

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from Ol Krusty wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Nikon Buckmasters, or Nikon Prostaff are good scopes in that price range.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Leupold VX-II in 3-9X40mm. The VX-III series is a bit pricier.

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from Matthew Matzek wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I'm not trying to be a walking sales paper or anything but I just saw that Bass Pro is offering a Leupold VX1I 3-9x40 for $170 on none other than BLACK FRIDAY. So, if you want to stand in line for 4+ hours to save $60 then go for it! First 100 customers get a free Bass Pro Shops knife!

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I saw a guy at the range the other day that had one of the new designed Nikon Prostaff scopes. I have a couple of the older models. The new models are really bright and sharp and they have the new designed rear eyepiece like the Buckmaster scope has. I wouldn't hestitate buying one at all. The older models that I have have done a great job even on magnum rifles. Lifetime guarentee what more can you ask?

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from Ga hunter wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Another vote for a Leupold VX-II!

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Try not to skimp on glass. I'd buy a burris, luepold, redfield or Nikon, but i'd not buy the cheapest, splurge a little.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

no suggesting because you dont get good glass for 250 or less...leupold vx3, 3.5x10x40 is whats on my .270 short mag.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Even the VX-I by Leupold is a good bet!
I'd even go with either a straight 4 or 6 power Leupold.
Unless you can afford Zeiss, Leupold is hard to beat!
BTW, you get what you pay for.

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from ALJoe wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I too vote for Leupold. I have them on just about all of my rifles. I own the VXII and VXIII. I have absolutely no complaints with any of them. Also, have had pretty good results with Nikon as well.

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from Amflyer wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

All good observations. Notice that nearly everyone that specified a magnification range are talking in the 3 X 9 or X 10 area. That is all you will ever need for big game hunting. Especially in the price range you are listing, the upper magnification is going to be really hard to use.

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from chuckles wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I am a fan of Leupold scopes but I do have a Nikon Prostaff and it is a good value for the money.
Not sure why FirstBubba got dinged for giving perfectly sound advice. I have a lot of variable power scopes and never use the higher power for anything but paper where it does my eyes some good. For hunting I have never taken them off the lowest setting. At four power you will be good to go from close in to as far as anyone has a right to shoot with a .270.
You will get a better scope for your money buying a fixed power but the variables are so popular that bargains are easier to find. Good luck and enjoy your new rifle.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Keep it simple and go with the Leupold.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

The Leupolds are great scopes and the VXII is a very satisfactory scope. Unfortunately, it costs $250 MORE than the $200 you mentioned. If you want the best scope you can get in 4-12x for $200 you will have to buy a Vortex Diamondback. The warranty and is just as good, the construction involves less plastic, the image will be more clear than the VXII and the accuracy will be about the same if not better. It also has a broader field of view, a very nice reticle for quick target acquisition and a clean but graduated reticle that will help your long range .270 shooting. It will be easily twice as good as a Redfield on all features if not more. The only issue you will experience is that you might see chromatic coloration on the edges of the view if you look directly into the sun over fresh snow. This does not impact the accuracy or the view but it will look a little funky. The Leupold does not do this. Most shooters will never see this but on the test bench, I've done a lot of unnatural things to compare scopes.

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from Gun Nut wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Thank You for the information and opinions, I'll have to be honest in saying that most that were mentioned did not fall in the price range nor magnification I mentioned. The scope I currently have on it is no different from most mentioned, [quote]I currently have a Simmons 2.8x10x44 on it but I dont think that does the 270 justice.[quote]but Im looking for something greater than a x10. I enjoy making a very accurate shot not just a kill. Again I really appreciate the comments and I did do research on all mentioned. I am very much considering the Vortex Diamondback in 4x12x40 with the Dead-Hold BDC reticle. The MSRP is $269, Thanks DakotaMan.

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from 69chicken wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

I pu a Leupold VX-I 3-9x40 mm on my 30.06 last year and I'm not happy w/ low light visibilty. Great otherwise.

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from chuckles wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I am a fan of Leupold scopes but I do have a Nikon Prostaff and it is a good value for the money.
Not sure why FirstBubba got dinged for giving perfectly sound advice. I have a lot of variable power scopes and never use the higher power for anything but paper where it does my eyes some good. For hunting I have never taken them off the lowest setting. At four power you will be good to go from close in to as far as anyone has a right to shoot with a .270.
You will get a better scope for your money buying a fixed power but the variables are so popular that bargains are easier to find. Good luck and enjoy your new rifle.

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from Ol Krusty wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Nikon Buckmasters, or Nikon Prostaff are good scopes in that price range.

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from Matthew Matzek wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I'm not trying to be a walking sales paper or anything but I just saw that Bass Pro is offering a Leupold VX1I 3-9x40 for $170 on none other than BLACK FRIDAY. So, if you want to stand in line for 4+ hours to save $60 then go for it! First 100 customers get a free Bass Pro Shops knife!

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I saw a guy at the range the other day that had one of the new designed Nikon Prostaff scopes. I have a couple of the older models. The new models are really bright and sharp and they have the new designed rear eyepiece like the Buckmaster scope has. I wouldn't hestitate buying one at all. The older models that I have have done a great job even on magnum rifles. Lifetime guarentee what more can you ask?

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Even the VX-I by Leupold is a good bet!
I'd even go with either a straight 4 or 6 power Leupold.
Unless you can afford Zeiss, Leupold is hard to beat!
BTW, you get what you pay for.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

The Leupolds are great scopes and the VXII is a very satisfactory scope. Unfortunately, it costs $250 MORE than the $200 you mentioned. If you want the best scope you can get in 4-12x for $200 you will have to buy a Vortex Diamondback. The warranty and is just as good, the construction involves less plastic, the image will be more clear than the VXII and the accuracy will be about the same if not better. It also has a broader field of view, a very nice reticle for quick target acquisition and a clean but graduated reticle that will help your long range .270 shooting. It will be easily twice as good as a Redfield on all features if not more. The only issue you will experience is that you might see chromatic coloration on the edges of the view if you look directly into the sun over fresh snow. This does not impact the accuracy or the view but it will look a little funky. The Leupold does not do this. Most shooters will never see this but on the test bench, I've done a lot of unnatural things to compare scopes.

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from country road wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Check out Redfield for a less expensive, good quality scope.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Leupold VX-II in 3-9X40mm. The VX-III series is a bit pricier.

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from Ga hunter wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Another vote for a Leupold VX-II!

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Try not to skimp on glass. I'd buy a burris, luepold, redfield or Nikon, but i'd not buy the cheapest, splurge a little.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

no suggesting because you dont get good glass for 250 or less...leupold vx3, 3.5x10x40 is whats on my .270 short mag.

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from ALJoe wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

I too vote for Leupold. I have them on just about all of my rifles. I own the VXII and VXIII. I have absolutely no complaints with any of them. Also, have had pretty good results with Nikon as well.

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from Amflyer wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

All good observations. Notice that nearly everyone that specified a magnification range are talking in the 3 X 9 or X 10 area. That is all you will ever need for big game hunting. Especially in the price range you are listing, the upper magnification is going to be really hard to use.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Keep it simple and go with the Leupold.

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from Gun Nut wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Thank You for the information and opinions, I'll have to be honest in saying that most that were mentioned did not fall in the price range nor magnification I mentioned. The scope I currently have on it is no different from most mentioned, [quote]I currently have a Simmons 2.8x10x44 on it but I dont think that does the 270 justice.[quote]but Im looking for something greater than a x10. I enjoy making a very accurate shot not just a kill. Again I really appreciate the comments and I did do research on all mentioned. I am very much considering the Vortex Diamondback in 4x12x40 with the Dead-Hold BDC reticle. The MSRP is $269, Thanks DakotaMan.

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from 69chicken wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

I pu a Leupold VX-I 3-9x40 mm on my 30.06 last year and I'm not happy w/ low light visibilty. Great otherwise.

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