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Old 09-16-2012, 10:49 PM
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Default A good rifle scope for a 30-06 caliber rifle.

I bought a Savage hunter 30-06 cal. and came with a Bushnell 3-9x40 scope. I think that this scope is not shock resistant, the first seven shots messed up the cross hairs, I got an exchange and this one became loose even after I put loctite. What would you recommend?
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:01 PM
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The scopes that come on those package deal rifles are typically junk. At a MINIMUM I would suggest you buy a Redfield Revolution scope (NOT REVENGE). 3-9x is pretty hard to beat for most hunting situations. You can go more or less magnification if you like (2-7x or 4-12x etc).
Bushnell is a good brand as long as you stay away from their cheap stuff.
Dont know what your budget is, but the Leupold VX-1 series is good for the price.
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+1 on the Redfield Revolution.
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Take a good look at 2-7 variable scopes. A little smaller and lighter. Most people never use their scope cranked all the way up. Why pay more for power and weight that you don't use? There are a few good brands, I have both a Redfield and a Leopuld on my 2 deer rifles. Both are good.
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I like the SWFA SS line. Was at a Precision Rifle Course at Front Sight using a SWFA SS 10 X 42 on my TC Venture in 308, and I was right up there with the Leapold and schmit and bender guys. Their scopes WERE NICE, but they spent A LOT!!
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Old 09-17-2012, 6:30 AM
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Leupold or Nikon....IMO.....

Leupold VX-1 is all 99% percent of hunters need. Very basic but rock solid and lifetime warranty no questions asked. Approx. $250

I really like the Nikon Buckmaster series....I also like their BDC reticle. You also use the I-phone application from Nikon and you can calculate everything on the fly...it even gets weather updates by your GPS position....pretty cool.
These you can find around $210.

There are those that say spend as much on glass as you do your rifle......I'm not sure its necessary but glass can get very expensive......

I agree with sticking with 3X9 magnafication as well.
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Old 09-17-2012, 7:02 AM
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Buy the best scope you can afford. It was what makes your rifle hit its target.
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Old 09-17-2012, 7:22 AM
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look at the Pentax Gameseeker scope life time hassle free warranty
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Old 09-17-2012, 8:47 AM
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Old 09-17-2012, 9:31 AM
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I have a Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14 x40 on my 30-06 with the BDC reticle (which only works at max power, really- so not that useful- if you can save money getting a regular crosshair reticle, I say go for it). It's been on many hunting trips, and never come loose. Every time I check it at the range before hunting, I never have to adjust it. It's good to have confidence in the scope. I believe it cost around $300.

Someone here mentioned a 2-7 scope. I'm looking for a 2-7 x 30mm scope for my son's 308 bolt action. That's actually my favorite range to use, as I usually leave it on 2 power. I only like to crank up the power at the range when sighting in.
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Old 09-17-2012, 9:53 AM
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I also have a Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14 x40 with the BDC reticle on my 30-06. It's a great scope and for less than $300 it was a great deal.
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You don't mention a budget or at what distance you'll be shooting, but a 3x9 scope is pretty common choice. I have a couple Leupold scopes and love 'em. You can pick up a decent one for about $200-300, same with Nikon. Recently I coughed up some $$ and bought a Trijicon Accupoint. REALLY love that, but twice the cost of the Leupold...
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Honestly, I asked this same question a little over a month ago when I bought my Ruger M77 in 30-06. I ended up buying a Redfield Revolution, and I am REALLY happy with it.

I've had my rifle out a few times, but that first time I took it out. I dialed in the scope at 25 yards, and proceeded to ping gongs from 200-350 yards. With my first or second shot. I had three rounds left and went for the small swinging gong at 400 and missed all 3.... DARN! But that was no fault of the scope, I really like mine. I got it used for $125, but I feel that $200 (their new price) would still be a fair deal.
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Thank you guys for your comments. I'm gonna look into those scopes, I want it for big game hunting and range practice, too. I'm gonna try to hit something at about 300 yards. I get Cabela's points, so right now I have enough points to get me a really good scope at around $300 and I can afford to put an extra $20 bucks if I need to.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:59 AM
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Bang for the buck, it is tough to beat a fixed 6X Leupold. Great glass, tough as heck, plenty of magnification, great warranty. As a side benefit, you won't believe how user friendly they are, huge eye relief, large FOV, excellent light transmission.
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I have enough points to get me a really good scope at around $300 and I can afford to put an extra $20 bucks if I need to.
I really appreciated, thanks.
For that price, look at the Leupold VX-1 line. I used to have the 4-12x with the BDC reticle on my 30-06 and it worked great and the BDC worked for it out to 500yds if you zero at 200yds.
Only reason it is no longer on that rifle is because I have a USO on it now
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Leupold 3X9X40 duplex reticle or 3.5X10X40 duplex reticle. If you are short on funds the 3X9X40 Redfield with duplex reticle.
With a Leupold 3X9X40 and the 3.5X10X40 I have taken game from about 3 feet to over 600 yards. Sight it in 2.75" high at 100 yards and for any reasonable shot just hold on the animal and you will have meat to eat.
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Old 09-17-2012, 7:41 PM
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All great info above. Also take a look at the Nikon Prostaff and Burris Fullfield II models. Great scopes for under $200. If patient; you can find one used for less. From what I have read and understand; Nikon and Burris also have very good warranties and customer service.

I don't know personally because I never had problems with the several I own.
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When I compared scopes at Sportsmens warehouse a few years ago I felt that the Nikon prostaff was brighter than the Leupold rifleman and VX-I. The VX-2 was brighter than the Prostaff but is also nearly double the cost.

Just my personal observations. I'm currently using a buckmaster fixed 4x, prostaff 3x9, and a Burris Fullfield II 3x9 on my 3 big game rifles with optics.
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When I compared scopes at Sportsmens warehouse a few years ago I felt that the Nikon prostaff was brighter than the Leupold rifleman and VX-I. The VX-2 was brighter than the Prostaff but is also nearly double the cost.

Just my personal observations. I'm currently using a buckmaster fixed 4x, prostaff 3x9, and a Burris Fullfield II 3x9 on my 3 big game rifles with optics.
Yeah the Nikons get great reviews and they are easy on the wallet. I have no first hand experience with them like actually owning one or shooting with one but the ones i have held seem great.

Looks like from cabelas you can get a 3-9x Prostaff with BDC for $139, thats a great deal. Read the reviews also.

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Take a good look at 2-7 variable scopes. A little smaller and lighter. Most people never use their scope cranked all the way up. Why pay more for power and weight that you don't use? There are a few good brands, I have both a Redfield and a Leopuld on my 2 deer rifles. Both are good.
Yeah you really gotta look at the FOV cause a lot of them are right where the 3x power scopes are also. But thats a good point as i never use the 9x on my rifle scope, it probably never goes higher then 6x.
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...I put my $50 walmart scope (CenterPoint 4-16x40 ao r/g) from my .22lr savage on my .30-06 savage and it worked so well I left it there and put the cheap bushnell replacement on the .22lr.

The original Bushnell that came with my savage .30-06 blew the rear most internal lens right out to the rear outside lens at round 45. I shot 125gr, 150gr, 165gr and then while trying the 180gr (all factory remington rounds) I was looking for where I hit and couldn't see anything familiar. I backed away from the scope and saw the loose lens inside leaning against the eye piece. Bushnell sent next model up, but I wasn't willing to waste more rounds zeroing in a 'Bushnell'.

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I have 3 Nikons, one on my 30-30 one on my 30.06 (Pro Staff's) and one on my AR (buck master)

the one on my .06 has the BDC with it 1" high at 100 I can go all the way out to 500.
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...I put my $50 walmart scope (CenterPoint 4-16x40 ao r/g) from my .22lr savage on my .30-06 savage and it worked so well I left it there and put the cheap bushnell replacement on the .22lr.

The original Bushnell that came with my savage .30-06 blew the rear most internal lens right out to the rear outside lens at round 45. I shot 125gr, 150gr, 165gr and then while trying the 180gr (all factory remington rounds) I was looking for where I hit and couldn't see anything familiar. I backed away from the scope and saw the loose lens inside leaning against the eye piece. Bushnell sent next model up, but I wasn't willing to waste more rounds zeroing in a 'Bushnell'.


Thats interesting ive had 150+ rounds through my .270 a-bolt with the cheap Bushnell factory scope and only had to re-zero it once. That was after a trip when the airlines broke my dads leupold. It gets bumped around in my quad all the time also. I know its not the best but i found one that works great.
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Thank you guys for your comments. I'm gonna look into those scopes, I want it for big game hunting and range practice, too. I'm gonna try to hit something at about 300 yards. I get Cabela's points, so right now I have enough points to get me a really good scope at around $300 and I can afford to put an extra $20 bucks if I need to.
I really appreciated, thanks.
All good info so far. I went through this last summer myself. New rifle needs new scope!!

I have a .06 with an older Leupold VXIII 3.5x10x40 (love this rig) and wanted something similar for the new .270.

I looked, looked, & looked at the Nikon's, Redfields, & Leupolds. I really liked both the Redfields & Nikon's, for different reasons. Just couldn't get the Leupold VXII 3x9x50 out of my mind. I eventually settled with the Redfield (good scope = good price). Then at home that night, I pulled up the Cabela's site and BAM!!! Online special ALL Leopold VXII's on sale. So, with the sale, and some points, I was able to buy the Leupold VXII 3x9x50 that I wanted, for the same price as the Redfiled.

The Leupold VXII's are the same as the old VXIII's, but with slightly better glass coatings. I've used the rifle & scope at a few ranges and in the woods last season. I love this scope!

I don't think you can go wrong with either the Redfield or Nikon, or the Leupold VXI for the price. However, IF you can find a deal on a Leupold VXII, BUY IT!! Far better and you will not regret it.
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I really like my Redfield 4x12 on my old winchester
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If you going on Cabelas, they have a lot of there Monarchs on sale right now and there is a $30 mail in rebate. A little bit more then the Buckmaster but from the reviews I've read it give the best bang for the buck.
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