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Nor Cal Scot
12-15-2011, 7:38 AM
I have a 30-30 that I like to shoot a lot. I don't use it to hunt. Just shooting. Right now, i'd like to get a BUDGET scope just to start playing around with one. I Since it's only a 150 yrd rifle, maybe a 4x scope? Can an "ok" scope be had for around $100? If so, which? Thanks people!

DesertSniper
12-15-2011, 7:57 AM
mueller makes some ok scopes in that range as does vortex, how ever, i really think you should wait and save some cash and get a scope that you know is good and not just settle.

chicoredneck
12-15-2011, 8:50 AM
There are a number of good scope brands that can be had at a decent price. Too many to list really.

Avoid tasco, bsa, ncstar, and any other scope sold at walmart in a plastic container for $50.

bombadillo
12-15-2011, 9:07 AM
Jump up just a bit in price, and about $50 more will get you a good 3-9x40 redfield revolution or something similar. They have a couple reticles and are a GREAT value for what you get.

Coyote Brown
12-15-2011, 9:28 AM
Redfield , Weaver and Nikon.

slo5oh
12-15-2011, 1:58 PM
There are a few cheap options available on dealextreme.com. Make sure you read the reviews before you buy though.

liv4spd
12-15-2011, 2:43 PM
For a true budget scope; my go-to is Bushnell Elite series. Few hundred more though, SWFA SS are about the best bang for buck scope on the market today.

Drivedabizness
12-15-2011, 8:52 PM
Is it a Marlin or a Winchester?

If it is a Winchester (top ejection) then the proper mount and scope (e.g a scout scope) will be a lot more than the budget you talk about. AND, if you are talking 150 yards, a good ghost ring sight might do you as much good.

If its a Marlin (side ejection) then a low budget scope and the proper ammo can take you out to 200 yds or more.

Just something to think about...

hcbr
12-15-2011, 11:24 PM
I like Primary Arms and Millett

1forall
12-15-2011, 11:31 PM
+ 1 for the Primary Arms scopes.

diego-ted
12-16-2011, 6:20 AM
Vortex crossfire best darn inexpesive scOpe on the market! I own two $99 at SWFA

shadow65
12-16-2011, 7:24 AM
I tested a UTG 4 X scope and was pretty set back by my findings. I abused the crap out of it to see if it would stand up.
In my review I put it under 10" of water for 20 minutes, put it directly in the freezer for 20 minutes, then brought it out in 80 degree weather.
It didn't fog and was clear.
I dropped it from my deck from 12 feet onto hard dirt.
It has held zero on .22's and 5.56's.
Really suprised me.
Dave N

wtkaiser
12-16-2011, 9:46 AM
Dang, Shadow, you can be a cruel dude at times! That sounds terrible. If I were dropped 12 feet onto hard dirt at my age, I'd crack like a stick.

DULLYJAY
12-16-2011, 11:58 AM
As said above PA's work well.

xSARSx
12-16-2011, 12:05 PM
bushnell scope

chicoredneck
12-16-2011, 12:11 PM
bushnell scope

Their elite line is a fantatic bargain and fine optics! Their cheaper scopes are worrisom.

diego-ted
12-16-2011, 4:31 PM
I have dialed dope, taking this crossfire from 100 to 700 yards and back down to 700 in 100 yard incrments and it did not miss a beat! Buy what you like.

Diego

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v333/diego-ted/DSC01079.jpg

p2rider426
12-16-2011, 9:09 PM
I tested a UTG 4 X scope and was pretty set back by my findings. I abused the crap out of it to see if it would stand up.
In my review I put it under 10" of water for 20 minutes, put it directly in the freezer for 20 minutes, then brought it out in 80 degree weather.
It didn't fog and was clear.
I dropped it from my deck from 12 feet onto hard dirt.
It has held zero on .22's and 5.56's.
Really suprised me.
Dave N

+1

Utg/Leapers are an incredible value and tough as snot. Got two of them and they are both bright and extremely tough. My only cons for them is I wish they'd sell them without the illuminated recticle (just unnecessary), they are a bit heavy (only way to make them so strong for cheap) and the whole tactical look most of them have look a bit silly on my stock wood/blue 10/22. But great glass for the price! I come from the world of air guns (which leapers originally designed their scopes for) and believe it or not, a magnum springer such as a gamo hunter extreme puts a sharper, more violent on optics than MOST centerfire rifles. That's why leaper/utg scopes are built so tough.

Nor Cal Scot
12-17-2011, 7:42 AM
Is it a Marlin or a Winchester?

If it is a Winchester (top ejection) then the proper mount and scope (e.g a scout scope) will be a lot more than the budget you talk about. AND, if you are talking 150 yards, a good ghost ring sight might do you as much good.

If its a Marlin (side ejection) then a low budget scope and the proper ammo can take you out to 200 yds or more.

Just something to think about...
It s a marlin.

Well, I was up in Eureka this last week. Picked up an old Redfield scope from a pawn shop. Cheap, but will do what I need. Thanks for the help guys!

zombiescanlearn
12-17-2011, 10:24 AM
For a true budget scope; my go-to is Bushnell Elite series.

+1, great value.