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Old 05-24-2013, 1:57 PM
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Default Good starter scope for Remington 700

Looking to buy a Remington 700 .308 win here in the near future. What do you guys recommend as a good scope to start with, looking for a scope under 500 and definitely want something that will last until I can drop some money on a scope that will last me for a long time.

Going to be doing target shooting at first but eventually hunting.
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http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-10x42-Tactic...cope-P499.aspx
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Terrible suggestion for any hunting except ground squirrels.

What's your budget? Depending on how much you may not need to buy another scope.
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Leupold fixed 4 or 6 will do fine.
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Leupold VX-2 gets pretty good reviews. The VX-3 is supposed to be better but for my budget ($300/400) the VX-2 fits
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Terrible suggestion for any hunting except ground squirrels.

What's your budget? Depending on how much you may not need to buy another scope.
Well I was going on eventually hunting, great scope for target shooting.

Love my nikons, maybe somthing like this is your gonna start hiking it around: http://swfa.com/Nikon-2-7x32-ProStaf...pe-P48752.aspx
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Terrible suggestion for any hunting except ground squirrels.

What's your budget? Depending on how much you may not need to buy another scope.
Upper limit is 500.
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Leupold 3X9X40 or 3.5X10X40 with du-plex reticle and you will set for life. You can target shoot and the best one for hunting.
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Leupold 3X9X40 or 3.5X10X40 with du-plex reticle and you will set for life. You can target shoot and the best one for hunting.
Perfect choices for both hunting or target shooting. I see a lot of people mounting to powerful a scope on a hunting rifle. I hunt and the majority of deer I have taken has been within 100 yards one as close as 20 feet. I have an addiction to Leupold and I mount the VX-2 3-9x40 or VX-3 3.5-10x40 on my big game rifles. I have yet to shoot a deer, moose or bear with the magnification greater then the lowest setting. My varmint rifles however wear VX-3 4.5-14x40's with the exception of my AR which wears a 2-7x32 VX-R. Why the 40mm objective? Weight and when busting brush the smaller objective doesn't get hung up. I haven't any problem using the scopes mentioned for shooting targets and even the 2-7x32 I use out to 300 yards with no problem.

Remember you really get what you pay for when it comes to scopes. It is not only the quality of the glass but the precision of the internal parts and If the scope won't shoot the box then it's not worth much.
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Wow! First focal planes scope for $229? Might have to get one myself.
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Wow! First focal planes scope for $229? Might have to get one myself.
I have personally visually verified Mil spacing and tracking. Its good to go!
There a lot of reviews out on it.

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Wow! First focal planes scope for $229? Might have to get one myself.
Looks sweet! FFP reticle scaling is nice!
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Thanks for all the input everybody! I think I'm going to have to go with the primary arms scope due to price and dimitri vouching for it.
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Thanks for all the input everybody! I think I'm going to have to go with the primary arms scope due to price and dimitri vouching for it.
Awesome, let us know what you think when you get it! Buy one of these to reall help ya lean to use that scope. Best thing I ever did. http://swfa.com/Mil-Dot-Master-P91.aspx
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Leupold VX-2 gets pretty good reviews. The VX-3 is supposed to be better but for my budget ($300/400) the VX-2 fits
I agree. I just mounted one on my x-bolt using the tally 4 hole mounts and rings. I bought the scope and ring/mount set for $345 del from optics planet. The shipment was fast and perfect. Ask them for a package discount. Nice scope in a good price range.

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Perfect choices for both hunting or target shooting. I see a lot of people mounting to powerful a scope on a hunting rifle. I hunt and the majority of deer I have taken has been within 100 yards one as close as 20 feet. I have an addiction to Leupold and I mount the VX-2 3-9x40 or VX-3 3.5-10x40 on my big game rifles. I have yet to shoot a deer, moose or bear with the magnification greater then the lowest setting. My varmint rifles however wear VX-3 4.5-14x40's with the exception of my AR which wears a 2-7x32 VX-R. Why the 40mm objective? Weight and when busting brush the smaller objective doesn't get hung up. I haven't any problem using the scopes mentioned for shooting targets and even the 2-7x32 I use out to 300 yards with no problem.

Remember you really get what you pay for when it comes to scopes. It is not only the quality of the glass but the precision of the internal parts and If the scope won't shoot the box then it's not worth much.
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I'm a fan of these. http://www.burrisoptics.com/fullfielde1.html Cheap reliable, good glass, awesome warranty. but Vortex, Nikon, and Redfield all have great scopes under $500.

I had a Fullfield E1 3-9x40 on my heavy barrel AR15 and my 11yo son was hitting metal plates from 400, 500 and 600 yds with it, 2 shots - 2 hits per plate no misses. And, it was his 1st time on the rifle too....

I just ordered an illuminated E1 this time for my 223 Rem 700 Tactical SPS.
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Very great scope for the money. Very clear glass.
Definitely comparable to scopes that cost 2-3x as much
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Wow! First focal planes scope for $229? Might have to get one myself.
That is a sweet scope for $230

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i actually just picked up a remington 700 a few weeks back. and ended up putting on a leupold 3-9x40. in my opinion its a great scope to start off with. depending on where you go, itll run you about 250-300$ but you get what you pay for ( i mean that in a good way ) i use it for long range target shooting as well as hunting and have had no issues at all. plus once its dialed in correctly? youll have no problem taking coyote at 300-400 yards.
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If I may comment the above comments are great advice and the budget you mention of $500 will give you a scope that you should never have to replace or upgrade. Leupold makes quality product and will last a lifetime. Where you see the difference in optics is not only down range and around the edges of the scope in daylight but early in the morning and evening. This is where quality optics stand out and pay for themselves as well as in inclement weather.
Vixen Sports Optics makes a 2-8X32 as well as a 3-12X40 (note all are at least 4X magnification) for well under $400 that will be some of the brightest clearest optics as brands hundreds of $ more and all are made in Japan to the strictest of quality control.
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TPierce----"Scope to start off with"........ I must be missing something.
I have been using the Varri-X II 3X9X40 scopes on my hunting rifles since the early 1970's and still use them. I have about 20 of them plus a few Vari-XIII's.
They have and continue to serve me well. I have used them in all weather conditions, for many yeats and in several states as well as Africa. They have never let me down in any way.

I say buy the Leupold II or better and you can consider yourself set for life and even for handing them down to your children. I will grant you that I really like the III models but they cost more than I usually want to pay even used off E-bay.

This is not a put-down of you TPierce. I just think the II models are just fine for long term use. They have been for myself and others I know.
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Spend the money on a quality scope like a Nikon Monarch, Bushnell Elite, Weaver Super Slam, or Leopold VX-2 or VX-3. This link will help you compare.

Bushnell:
http://swfa.com/Bushnell-25-10x40-El...pe-P48255.aspx

Leopold:
http://swfa.com/Leupold-3-9x40-VX-2-...pe-P51795.aspx
http://swfa.com/Leupold-4-12x40-VX-2...pe-P51809.aspx
http://swfa.com/Leupold-35-10x40-VX-...pe-P12647.aspx

Nikon:
http://swfa.com/Nikon-25-10x42-Monar...pe-P61596.aspx
http://swfa.com/Nikon-3-12x42-Monarc...pe-P61602.aspx

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http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm...5&src=exrbSrch
http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm...eticle%20Matte
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Sholling is correct to spend the money now and save later. You don't need to spend more than you can afford however. Good quality optics are what you see the target with.

I know we are the new guy on the street so need to be the squeaky wheel. Below is a link to Vixen's 3-12X40 which is all the scope you will ever need for any caliber in a 700. The color resolution, clarity and light gathering abilities phenomenal.

Vixen Sports Optics 3-12X40
http://vixensportsoptics.com/catalog...&product_id=57
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Sholling is correct to spend the money now and save later. You don't need to spend more than you can afford however. Good quality optics are what you see the target with.

I know we are the new guy on the street so need to be the squeaky wheel. Below is a link to Vixen's 3-12X40 which is all the scope you will ever need for any caliber in a 700. The color resolution, clarity and light gathering abilities phenomenal.

Vixen Sports Optics 3-12X40
http://vixensportsoptics.com/catalog...&product_id=57
I'm very interested in your band - and from internet research, realize you have very good reputation in telescope world... I'm sure the rifle scope glass is equally as good...

I look forward to a FFP scope with your current quality and great pricing... I will definitely buy one then
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Leupold VX-2 gets pretty good reviews. The VX-3 is supposed to be better but for my budget ($300/400) the VX-2 fits
What rings would you use with a VX-2?
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I put a Nikon Buckmaster 3-9x40 on my Remy 700 and with the BDC reticle it works really really well for hunting and I find acceptable on the range as well. Lot less than $500, spend the rest on ammo.
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I run a Nikon monarch 4-16x42 mildot on my 700. I got it under $400 new and it is an excellent scope for the price.
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