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Beverett64
10-14-2012, 5:19 PM
I have a Winchester XR 70 - 7mm MAG - id like a new scope for hunting. Something versatile and reasonably priced. Any suggestions.

CK_32
10-14-2012, 5:20 PM
Nikon has some good glass scopes.. My bushnell tactical has been good on my 308 tactical.. Can't fully speak on their hunting scopes but if its anything like their tactical elites great stuff for the price

mrvash
10-14-2012, 5:26 PM
I may shun after this because of the scope I'm about to recommend, but if you're looking for a budget scope, Wal-Mart carries a decent hunting scope for around $70-75. It has locking turrets, lens caps, 4x-16, scope rings, it's illuminated (red or green), mil-dot reticle. I think the manufacture is called Center Point?

lewdogg21
10-14-2012, 6:31 PM
Don't trust that chance at a trophy buck in the rain or snow to a walmart random brand. There are many "affordable" scopes that can be had for under $200. Nikon pro-staff, burris fullfield II, used leupold, redfield (not the new revenge), bushnell elite line.

Check out cabelas, natchez, gander mountain, etc.

Model94Guy
10-14-2012, 6:49 PM
The Simmons 44 Mag. won Field and Streams field test last year, Natchez has that scope on sale for $89.99 plus shipping, that's about $70.- off retail. The Accu-Range reticle looks really good.

CK_32
10-14-2012, 6:51 PM
I may shun after this because of the scope I'm about to recommend, but if you're looking for a budget scope, Wal-Mart carries a decent hunting scope for around $70-75. It has locking turrets, lens caps, 4x-16, scope rings, it's illuminated (red or green), mil-dot reticle. I think the manufacture is called Center Point?

Big difference between a budget scope usually $150 to $600 range...

Especially when topping off a 7mm mag rifle.. I don't think the Walmart specials will last very long before either their cheap innards or mount supplied break loose.

CGT80
10-14-2012, 7:01 PM
I have the Weaver Grand Slam on my mini 14 target model. It is a 6-20x42mm and has adjustable focus for distance. The finish and feel of the rubber on the rings is nice. It has worked great for me, but I just plink or shoot from a bench and have only put under 1,000 rounds through my gun. The scope retails near $400, but I picked it up for $269, IIRC, at turners as a clearance item.

I have never shot anything between 30-06 and 50 DTC (the 50 may have had a NF scope), so I don't know what a 7mm mag feels like. The mini action is a bit jarring and is know to cause problems with some scopes, but of course the recoil is very light.

I have also read great things about Nikon scopes, and considered a red dot from them, but have no personal experience with the brand.

Divernhunter
10-14-2012, 7:21 PM
A 7mag is usually used for big game hunting. Therefore use the KISS principal. Do not get a scope with a bunch of dials etc you have to adgust before you can shoot. Sooner or later(usually sooner) it will cost you an animal. You want something you can throw up to your shoulder and shoot fast if needed. You also want something that will hold up to the recoil and abuses of hunting be it hot/cold/dry/wet/snow/bouncing around etc. This rules out the cheap stuff.
I suggest you get a Leupold(new or used) 3X9X40 or 3.5X10X40. If you do not have the money for one the next best choice is a Redfield 3X9X40. Any higher magnification is not needed for big game hunting. The duplex reticle is good and all you need. Sight the rifle 2.75" high at 100 yards and out as far as you can should/can shoot hold on the animal and you will have meat on the pole. Be sure to always start with the scope on the lowest power or that will someday cost you an animal also. Forget scope caps for the same reason. Get a lens pen and use it as needed. E-bay is one place for a used scope. I have taken pronghorns at over 500 yards with a 3X9X40 on my 7mm rem mag and a half dozen other rifles. I have taken many deer with a 3X9X40 Leupold Vari-XII as well as a few pigs and other assorted game.
When I go to Africa next year 2 of the rifles will have Leupold 3X9X40 and one will have a 3.5X10X40. Both of my 50bmg rifles have Nightforce NXS 5.5X22X59 NP-R2 on them. They are costly but fantastic glass. Shot those to over 1400 yards. Not really needed on a normal BG hunting rifle but if you have the money then they are something great.

Eldraque
10-14-2012, 7:25 PM
Nikon Buckmaster or Burris Fullfield II

NSR500
10-14-2012, 7:31 PM
For a budget optic I'd go with a Redfield.

Horton Fenty
10-14-2012, 7:39 PM
Weaver Tactical Grand Slam 3-10x 40mm Mil/Mil
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/598484/weaver-tactical-grand-slam-rifle-scope-3-10x-40mm-1-10-mil-adjustments-mil-dot-reticle-matte

Around $279 after codes from.....
http://www.slickguns.com/content/midway-usa

Cheap Shot
10-14-2012, 8:02 PM
I've been using the walmart 4-16x40 aorg scope as the replacement for a bushnell on my .30-06 for over 2 years so far and no problems. My tastes (cheap mostly) just haven't seen a reason to goto the $300+ scopes. I own a pair of bino's 7x35 that were $20. They are not water proof and they go on my sailboat. I flipped the boat and the bino's survived, so don't under estimate the value of 'cheap' stuff. :chris:

XVIga_Rob
10-14-2012, 9:10 PM
Buy the best glass you can afford!!

Shop around and don't be affraid to look at used.
A couple of years ago, I bought a used Leupold VARIXIII 3.5x10x40 in excellent condition, for what I would have paid for a new Nikkon or Redfield.
A little over a year ago, I bought a new Leupold VXII 3x9x50 for a new rifle. I waited & waited and ended up getting an online special from Cabela's. Along with a few Cabela's points, I bought this scope for what I would have paid for a Redfield.

pontiacpratt
10-14-2012, 9:12 PM
My Vortex Diamondback was a clear no nonsense scope. Sub $200 range.

supermario
10-14-2012, 9:12 PM
Burris Fullfield are great scopes. My hunting buddies have used them for years and alot of abuse and they are durable and clear. And decently priced as well.

21SF
10-14-2012, 9:32 PM
Zeiss conquest

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Bigyates
10-14-2012, 11:12 PM
Buy the best you can afford. Leupold is a go to company for good glass but I have Zeiss and Shepards also.
I have a Shepard 310 P1 rangefinding compensating scope for sale in the accessories sales section.

ExtremeX
10-14-2012, 11:24 PM
Another happy Vortex user here, their more affordable Diamondback series is definitely worth consideration if you want a hold-over reticle.

Their Viper and Viper HS are also worth considering when looking for a hunting scope.

If you give an approximate budget for the optic only you will probably get some better recommendations.

roushstage2
10-14-2012, 11:33 PM
I am looking for an inexpensive, but decent scope to put on my .308 and have been going over scopes the past couple of days. I narrowed my search down to the Nikon Prostaff BDC, Redfield Revolution Accurange, Vortex Diamondback and the Burris Fullfield II, I'm going to be going with the Burris with the Ballistic Plex. Found the FFII 3-9x40 online for $144 shipped (the ProStaff was right behind it at $154 shipped). That's my suggestion along with some others.

Sleighter
10-15-2012, 12:06 AM
Dont discount Primary Arms scopes. Im very happy with my 4-16x40 from them. It has locking turrets,adjustable focus, clear glass and best of all its sub $200!

AlliedArmory
10-15-2012, 2:48 AM
What is your budget?

HK Dave
10-15-2012, 7:19 AM
Premier Light Tactical... hey he said reasonably priced... "reasonable" is different for different people. :P

Gatcha619
10-16-2012, 5:53 PM
Nikon Buckmaster 3-9x40 for around 200.00

30Cal
10-16-2012, 6:21 PM
A 7mag is usually used for big game hunting. Therefore use the KISS principal. Do not get a scope with a bunch of dials etc you have to adgust before you can shoot. Sooner or later(usually sooner) it will cost you an animal. You want something you can throw up to your shoulder and shoot fast if needed. You also want something that will hold up to the recoil and abuses of hunting be it hot/cold/dry/wet/snow/bouncing around etc. This rules out the cheap stuff.
I suggest you get a Leupold(new or used) 3X9X40 or 3.5X10X40. If you do not have the money for one the next best choice is a Redfield 3X9X40. Any higher magnification is not needed for big game hunting. The duplex reticle is good and all you need. Sight the rifle 2.75" high at 100 yards and out as far as you can should/can shoot hold on the animal and you will have meat on the pole. Be sure to always start with the scope on the lowest power or that will someday cost you an animal also. Forget scope caps for the same reason. Get a lens pen and use it as needed. E-bay is one place for a used scope. I have taken pronghorns at over 500 yards with a 3X9X40 on my 7mm rem mag and a half dozen other rifles. I have taken many deer with a 3X9X40 Leupold Vari-XII as well as a few pigs and other assorted game.
When I go to Africa next year 2 of the rifles will have Leupold 3X9X40 and one will have a 3.5X10X40. Both of my 50bmg rifles have Nightforce NXS 5.5X22X59 NP-R2 on them. They are costly but fantastic glass. Shot those to over 1400 yards. Not really needed on a normal BG hunting rifle but if you have the money then they are something great.

Couldn't have said it better. Something in the 3-9 neighborhood is what you want for hunting. Frankly, I like a 4x fixed power.

Black Majik
10-16-2012, 6:24 PM
What is your budget?

+1. How much of your money can we spend? :D

sholling
10-16-2012, 6:47 PM
There is no such thing as a good $70-80 hunting scope. There are $70 scopes that will get you by for a while until the day it fails when you really-really need it to work. You can't just go by brand either because every company makes cheap entry priced products, mid-priced mainstream products, and premium grade products - each optically better than the one below it. Pick a scope 3-Star or better scope off this list (http://www.chuckhawks.com/recommended_riflescopes.htm) and you'll have good quality optics and a scope that will last you a lifetime. If you're going someplace where you'll be shooting in low light than go with a 4-Star or better. Right now the best bargain I'm aware of in good quality scopes is the sale Natchez has going on Weaver's V10 2-10x38 (http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&brand=WE&prodID=WE849405) on sale for $160 or a Grand Slam 3-10x40 (http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=WE800472) for $260. These are scopes (listed alphabetically) are scopes that will last you a lifetime.

3-Star scopes from the list:
Burris Fullfield II
Bushnell Legend
Leupold VX-I, FX-I
Nikon Buckmaster
Sightron SI
Weaver Classic V-Series and K-Series

a1c
10-16-2012, 7:06 PM
Agree with the above. You won't find anything decent for centerfire under $200. Just save for it, don't neglect mount/rings quality, and work on your iron sights shooting for now. :)

Cadre
10-16-2012, 10:06 PM
SS 16X42 :)

Black Majik
10-16-2012, 10:35 PM
SS 16X42 :)

That is a LOT of magnification for a hunting rifle.

Guapoh
10-17-2012, 2:44 PM
Nikon Monarch or Buckmasters lines or Leupold VX-2 line. Plenty of choices under $500 for the optics and under $100 for quality rings and bases.

ExtremeX
10-17-2012, 2:48 PM
under $100 for quality rings and bases.

Give me an idea of what you are looking at… because everything I am looking at it putting me in the $200 price range…

sholling
10-17-2012, 3:23 PM
Give me an idea of what you are looking at… because everything I am looking at it putting me in the $200 price range…
It depends on the scope but I'm fond of both DNZ (http://swfa.com/DNZ-Mounts-C2602.aspx) and Talley Lightweight (http://swfa.com/Talley-Lightweight-Aluminum-Scopemounts-C746.aspx) mounts and both are less than $50. Talley offers more mounting flexibility while the DNZ are built like tanks and don't need to be lapped.

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/damnfineguy/My%20Toys%20800/IMG_0242b.jpg
Talley

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/damnfineguy/My%20Toys%20800/IMG_0157c.jpg
Talley

http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/damnfineguy/My%20Toys%20800/DNZ-Tikka-2.jpg
DNZ

plsmyk
10-17-2012, 3:37 PM
Cabela's sells the Bushnell Elite 3-9x40 for $349.00. With the Bushnell $75.00 rebate and the Cabelas $20.00 of coupon, you can get it for $274.99 (the $20.00 coupon will offset their high shipping cost). Great glass for a great price with a good power range for big game hunting. That's a very hard to beat deal in my book!

mcmikeblues7
10-17-2012, 4:05 PM
I may shun after this because of the scope I'm about to recommend, but if you're looking for a budget scope, Wal-Mart carries a decent hunting scope for around $70-75. It has locking turrets, lens caps, 4x-16, scope rings, it's illuminated (red or green), mil-dot reticle. I think the manufacture is called Center Point?

WAY too much magnification

BigNick
10-17-2012, 7:19 PM
Nikon Prostaff or nikon buckmasters are great scopes and are reasonably priced. Nikon monarch if you can spend little more.

Bowhunter_619
10-17-2012, 7:37 PM
samplelist.com has great deals.

PS...don't let other people spend your money, plenty of reviews on all the brands listed above

SD1911Fan
10-17-2012, 7:56 PM
I've heard good things about these rather inexpensive scopes.

~A

http://muelleroptics.com/category/products/mueller-scopes

wang949
10-17-2012, 8:01 PM
For the midpriced options, it's hard to beat Nikon or Redfield.