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Question by Jason Miller. Uploaded on February 27, 2012
JMO~ It,s on the low-end of for a Win M/70-7mm/Mag
of Re-Coil, Add to it and Get a Redfield Scope Made by Leupold it a scope that last a life time.
That's a pretty nice rifle with some good ballistics. I think it deserves a better piece of glass on it. Redfield sounds pretty good in my opinion too.
The Winchester Model 70 is a first-rate rifle, but the Simmons scope is an economy-grade product that might not stand up well to the recoil of a 7MM Magnum. I second the motion on a Redfield scope.
I have had that scope on my Savage 7mm for a couple years. It's definitely a low-end scope as has been mentioned and if possible, get something better (I just upgraded to a Leupold). But it will get the job done if it's all you have... just make sure you sight in before you hunt with it, even if you haven't shot recently.
I've heard some not too pretty good things about Simmons. I'd spend a little more.
Your Win. Model 70 deserves a better scope than that. I use Nikon 3X9X50 Nikon Buckmasters on most of my larger caliber rifles and have had outstanding success and have never had one go bad. I hammer one on a 300WSM and it works fine. Nikon, Leupold, Redfield, Cabelas Alaskan Guide, are all good choices.
No Simmons scope is a "good" scope. Some of them will get you by until you have one fail then upgrade cussing it. JMO
WAM summed it up pretty good. Even the so called best scope simmons ever made the Atec is pretty sad. You'd be better off with a $20 Barska with a limited lifetime warranty as opposed to a simmons. The 8pt is what they give you in the Winchester Shadowhunter package. Very low end. Spend $200 and get yourself a Redfield,Vortex,Nikon,Leupold or Alaskan Guide and save yourself the aggrevation of failure and replacement the first time around. Worth the extra wait and money if your low on funds. You'll be ahead by at the amount you'll throw away on a Simplyaintnogood scope
Putting it bluntly, Simmons is pretty crumby for a rifle like that. Lots of good choices depending on your budget, the rifle's accuracy and your hunting conditions. A 4-14x40 with graduated (BDC) reticle is a good choice for that rifle. Samples of good scopes for the price that will hold together for that rifle:
$200 - Vortex Diamondback
$300 - Nikon Buckmaster
$400 - Vortex Viper; Nikon Monarch (4-16x)
These will all do the job with clear viewing, reliability, manufacturer support and above all long range accuracy. Next up on the list will be the Leupolds starting around $500-600 depending on model. If prices seem high for you, don't hesitate to buy used scopes on ebay... they all have top notch support and the manufacturer will repair if you were to get a malfunctioning scope. I got Leupold 6-20x40 for $400 and Nikon Monarch 2.5-10x for $240 on ebay. They look like new and shoot with the BEST of them.
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