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Question by Del in KS. Uploaded on July 29, 2009
Try a Sightron S-II Big Sky series scope. I have one and it is brighter and sharper than any of my Leupold's. It has an innovative erector tube adjustment lash up that seem superior to most. Unconditional lifetime direct at the retailer exchange warranty.
WA Mtnhunter you dirty dog, you beat me to it!
The Sightron scopes compared are dollar for dollar better than the Leupold! What the equivalent of price of the Sightron vs Leupold will be the next higher grade model Leupold. In other words, the Sightron at the price of the Leupold VX-II will be the equivalent of quality of the VX-III. Also the Warranty is better on the Sightron!
Del look into the Leupold Rifleman there a hell of scope for the price.
Final Answer: Bushnell Elite 3200 5.5-15x
I have one on a Savage Model 12 in .223 and use it for prairie dog shooting. Great scope. Excellent clarity, light transmission, no fog. . .
It's everything you could want without paying for the word "Leupold".
Midway has a Nikon 6-18 Buckmaster on sale right now for $300.
Del- I don't know what you want to spend but a lot of my hunting friends are using the Nikon products with very good results. I've not heard any complains only praise. I do know that they are considerably less money. I have a Nikon range finder that has been carried on many hunts over about 8 years now and can't find a single bad to say about it. Is this rifle the Shaw?
Might consider a Weaver Grand Slam 6-20x40mm. Should be able to get one in that price range.
I have a Nikon Monarch 800 rangefinder and have used it for 3 seasons in all kinds of weather. I have seen mixed results from my buddies rangefinders of lesser quality. I would not be afraid to use anything with the Nikon name on it, but like any other brand, the bottom price-point gear is always of lesser quality and the top end is usually not much better than the mid-range stuff.
I'm going to mount a 3-9x42 Sightron SII on the 7mm Weatherby Magnum Mark V. Yeah, I know it's no better than my .30-06, but the devil made me do it! I needed something to play with and it was such a bargain and my buddy is giving me a whole pile of Weatherby and Norma brass and a set of dies that he seldom uses AND I just got a bunch of Federal GM215M primers! Time to make something go BANG!
wmh, nice purchase
Del, I've got a 22-250 savage mod. 12 with a heavy barrel and I put a Nikon buckmaster on it with the BDC. Its a great scope and I've droped quite a few critters with it from coyote's to hogs.
The Burris Fulfield II's are good scopes. Rumor has it that they are made in the same plant in the Philipines that the Nikons are. According to Burris they sent thier tooling over there for the scopes to be built on. They also give them a final insepction her in the US before shipping. I've used them on several beaters and have given them a beating with no ill result. The coatings are good and they are bright. Just my 2 cents worth...
I'd Suggest the Burris Signiture Select Scopes, They're not quite a leupold but they are really good scopes.
I've always been a leupold man but I came across a good deal on a tikka t3 .300 win mag that had a Millett scope. I planned on selling the scope but after giving it a shot I actually like it. I haven't had much hunting experience with it bumping into trees and such but the scope gives a good, clear field of view.
Burris or Nikon. You can even go with a less expensive leupold if you wanted.
Get a Leopold VX-II. They are just as good in my opinion and about $100 cheaper. Or you could just get something cheaper like a Simmons or a Weaver.
Dell, I put a Nikon Buckmaster BDC(Bullet Drop Compensator) 6 to 18 power scope on my .22-250. It is amazing how accurate the BDC is. I punch tight groups at 600 yards at the range with it. It comes with a sunshade and is in the price range you are looking for. I love this scope so much that I took my leopold of of my .270 and bought another one in a lower power for it. You would be extremely happy with it.
Wow, thanks for the suggestions. I won't have the rifle for about 8 months. It is the Shaw I ordered. I will keep all the comments in mind while shopping. Right now Sightron, Burris and Nikon are going to get a hard look.
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