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bearstatearmory.com
08-11-2010, 7:53 PM
I just purchased a Rem 700 SPS in 30-06 for my first rifle (I just got into guns about a year ago (Glock/Browning/S&W) and am now anxious to get into hunting) and am looking for a scope to go along with it. As of today I was looking at the Redfield 3x9x50mm but am having second thoughts and thinking about buying a Leupold 3x9x40mm or close to that maybe a 4x12x40? Which way do you think I should go as a newbie? I want to stay at $250 or less. Thanks for the help.

Vacaville
08-11-2010, 8:08 PM
Look at the Bushnell 3200 if you want to stick to your budget. You can get them on sale from time to time. If you can go a little higher, I'd look at Leopold. Very nice scope.

The new Redfields are a second, lesser brand made by Leopold. They are priced in the $100 to $200 range, and so new that no one knows the long term quality. Most other scopes in that price range suck.

RobG
08-11-2010, 8:18 PM
Vortex makes nice stuff on a budget. Contact Scott at Liberty Optics. He is one of the great guys out there and won't steer you wrong. Heres a sampling in your price range, http://www.libertyoptics.com/index1.html Click on the Vortex Crossfire or Diamondback series.

AlliedArmory
08-12-2010, 1:56 AM
Bushnell 3200 or 4200 would be a nice choice. Vortex gives quite a few features also. Can't go wrong with either.

uscbigdawg
08-12-2010, 5:21 AM
Given the use of the rifle and budget, another vote for the Bushnell's.

Rich

ETA: When you're ready to buy, contact Mike at CS Tactical.

xibunkrlilkidsx
08-12-2010, 7:54 AM
Nikon Buckmaster
Bushnell 3200
Vortex

all top notch choices.

bass pro has a leupold 3-9x40 on sale for 180. http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_10208158_425001000_425000000_425001000_425-1-0
redfield has gotten a new life and has been getting good reviews in the industry.

Stringer
08-12-2010, 8:08 AM
Vortex makes nice stuff on a budget. Contact Scott at Liberty Optics. He is one of the great guys out there and won't steer you wrong. Heres a sampling in your price range, http://www.libertyoptics.com/index1.html Click on the Vortex Crossfire or Diamondback series.

+1

Nikon is also worth a look.

bearstatearmory.com
08-12-2010, 8:35 AM
At Bass Pro they have both of these Leupold scopes but am I sacrificing anything by going to the 40mm instead of the 50mm with the "off brand" scope?

For the redfield:
http://www.opticsplanet.net/redfield-revolution-3-9x50mm-riflescope-matte-finish-4-plex-accu-range-reticle.html

and the Leupold:
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=371425
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=193810

So between these, which would you choose?

Stringer
08-12-2010, 10:20 AM
If I was forced to choose between those, I'd pick the Redfield. Redfield isn't really "off brand" since Leupold owns the Redfield name and manufactures them in the USA. Ironically, since much of their components and assembly are now sourced from China, no Leupold scope is truly "made in the USA" anymore, with exception of the Mk4 10x, and possibly some of their other high dollar selections. At least that was true about a year or two ago. I wouldn't be surprised that if now in 2010 there is no Leupold that is made in the USA.

Personally, I'd need to be forced to seriously consider those scopes. IMO, the ones recommended to you in this thread are superior choices. You might want to go to Bass Pro and take a look through some glass and twist some turrets before you make your decision.

This review might be helpful to check out:
http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=21176

bombadillo
08-12-2010, 10:37 AM
Man, that Leupold 3-9x40 mentioned earlier is a steal. Great rifle with a drop compensator that you'd need to calibrate to the load you're working with unless you're reloading and then you'll find out for yourself. I'd go that route for my first scope. It will probably beat out anything bushnell or redfield has to offer anyway, and would probably be a serious competitor to most of the nikons you'll find under $300 smackers.

Divernhunter
08-12-2010, 1:03 PM
This is very simple. Get a Leupold 3X9X40. Sight it in 2.75" high at 100 yards and you are good to go at any sensible range(400yards or less) with a hold on the animal. Stay away from the 50mm lens as it requires higher rings and then puts your head in an awkward position for shooting especially fast shots. The leupold is warr for life even if you did not buy it new(I buy off ebay) and you will not need it as they hold up to all hunting conditions better than other brands. Use the KISS principal and you will be better off. Do not put flip up scope caps on it as sooner or later they will cost you an animal. Carry a "lens pen" for the scope if dusty.
I have used many different brand scopes but only Leupold goes on any serious hunting rifle/pistol of mine. I have 20+ Leupolds and most came off ebay and not a problem. Many years of hunting and working in a real gun shop taught me this.

plug_nickle
08-17-2010, 4:18 PM
I would go with the Minox! Open box special at Cameraland!

http://www.cameralandny.com/optics/minox.pl?page=66000

bearstatearmory.com
08-18-2010, 9:03 AM
This is very simple. Get a Leupold 3X9X40. Sight it in 2.75" high at 100 yards and you are good to go at any sensible range(400yards or less) with a hold on the animal. Stay away from the 50mm lens as it requires higher rings and then puts your head in an awkward position for shooting especially fast shots. The leupold is warr for life even if you did not buy it new(I buy off ebay) and you will not need it as they hold up to all hunting conditions better than other brands. Use the KISS principal and you will be better off. Do not put flip up scope caps on it as sooner or later they will cost you an animal. Carry a "lens pen" for the scope if dusty.
I have used many different brand scopes but only Leupold goes on any serious hunting rifle/pistol of mine. I have 20+ Leupolds and most came off ebay and not a problem. Many years of hunting and working in a real gun shop taught me this.

Thanks for your opinion, I like it.