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Chad504boy
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Another hunting scope recommendation request
I want to reglass my 30-06. I have a leupold vxii or some shite on it i bought about 11 years ago. Never really cared for it and want to hunt more with my rifle.

Would like a 50mm scope, like something in the 4-16 ish range. I have a nikon prostaff on my 7mm. Its ok. I like the BDC feature but looking for something that may be a bit better in low light conditions.

I'm kind of checking out the Vortex Viper HS scope. Any reviews on this one? I also appreciate simplicity. I'm not an avid enough shooter to get too many complicated features on the scope.

Budget: $600-$1000ish. I never mind spending $ when warranted. I'm not in the market for a 2k-3k scope though.
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
IMO, the leupold VX-3i 2.5-8x36 is the best hunting rifle scope ever


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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
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IMO, the leupold VX-3i 2.5-8x36 is the best hunting rifle scope ever

This or go after an Vortex or Zeiss


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Fetch78
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
I have a 4x16x50 Meopta Meopro that I have been extremely pleased with in low light conditions. I replaced my Vortex Viper with Meopta and couldn't be happier


Chad504boy
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
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Meopta Meopro


yeah, i was very close to purchasing this when i bought my nikon. Maybe have to re-look into this one as well.


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bootlegger
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
Meopta MeoStar 3-12x56 on my .270. It could get you in trouble with how late it will let you hunt.


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Bolivar Shagnasty
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
I have a Swarovski 4-16 X 50 that I bought almost 20 years ago. Best money I ever spent. I know you have a limit on money, but I would bite the bullet and spend the most I could on glass. I bought my current set-up almost 20 years ago. Spent more on the glass than I did the gun.


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Success
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
I really like the viper hs lr. The elevation turret has a nice zero stop so no worries when hunting and bumping the turret.


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Prosecuted Collins
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
Meopta


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snapper26
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
My 2 cents from my last purchase being a 4x16 would be get a 3x12 or 2x10.

Really hard to use the zoom above 10.

The smaller zoom helps on some hunts.


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bbvdd
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
So, I have a Meopta Meopro 4-14x50 and a Leupold VX-5hd 3-15x44.

The Meopta glass is really, really good but the Leupold is better.

Gathers light better as well.


Ol boy
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
I have both scopes you have listed.
The vortex hst while it has more features and no issues, it does seem to be more sensitive to eye placement and the edges of the eye box seem to not be as crisp as my Leupolds.
I know clarity may be subjective but I like my Leupolds more than my vortexs.
As for low light go check out Leupolds website and see what they say about some of the misconceptions about light gathering and scope sizes...


Chad504boy
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
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My 2 cents from my last purchase being a 4x16 would be get a 3x12 or 2x10.

Really hard to use the zoom above 10.


i still like the ability to zoom to those levels not necessarily for shooting but also for viewing. Makes a difference when trying to evaluate bucks etc at distances imo.


Bama Shadow
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
I have a Weaver tactical 4-20x50 and it's a lot of scope for the money. Strong internals and Japanese glass. I have used it to see deer 200 yds across a field at last light that I couldn't see with the naked eye.

LINK


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bbvdd
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
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i still like the ability to zoom to those levels not necessarily for shooting but also for viewing. Makes a difference when trying to evaluate bucks etc at distances imo.


I agree with this sentiment.

Look at that Leupold VX5. I know there is at least one other poster that has one.

I promise you will love it.


ChatRabbit77
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
Sport optics has the Meostar r1 3-12 for $1200. They also have 15 percent off which will get you to $1020. That is absolutely your best bet. Nothing at that price will get you as good of low light capability.

Edit: although cameras distort reality in terms of actual visuals, this gives you a good idea of the brightness of the same scope I mentioned YouTube link
Link to scope use code EURO15 to get 15 percent off. They also have the r2 on sale for $100 more. It's a 2.5-15x56 with the 4c reticle. I have the same scope but a different reticle. It's incredible. You will enjoy either option.
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257WBY
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
Spend that money on binoculars. While your scopes aren’t high end, they’ll do the job. You’ll get much more use and enjoyment out of your binoculars.


LEASTBAY
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
I keep thinking I want to upgrade my VX3i to something 50mm like a vortex. But I'm worried it would be a downgrade unless I step up to something very expensive.


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snapper26
Member since Nov 2015
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
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i still like the ability to zoom to those levels not necessarily for shooting but also for viewing. Makes a difference when trying to evaluate bucks etc at distances imo.



Thats why I bought the 4x16 viper hs I have.

It may just be me but using anything about 12x takes focus and perfect eye relief. Its the same way on a old 5x20 nikon I have. More like dialing in a spotting scope at that point.


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reds on reds on reds
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re: Another hunting scope recommendation request
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Look at that Leupold VX5. I know there is at least one other poster that has one.


Yep that’s me. I don’t think that scope can be beat for the money. It’s awesome


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