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TexasTiger90
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Entry-level rifle scopes
I'm looking at the following scopes and was wondering if anyone has any experience with either platform:
1. Burris Droptine 4.5-14 x 42
2. Vortex Crossfire II 4-12 x 44
3. Vortex Diamondback 4-12 x 40

Not looking to spend more than $225-$250 (not including mounts, etc), as this is very entry level and going to be used to get comfortable behind my new rifle. Other recs welcome


DomincDecoco
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
buy top shelf brand (swarovski, kahles, s&b) off of gunbroker used and beat up

it pays to go 1st class for opticts brotha, dont skimp


jgthunt
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
Sig whiskey 3


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2geaux
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Georgia
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
Don’t buy cheap optics. Always buy the best you can afford. It will make shooting and hunting much more enjoyable.


UpToPar
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
Any of those three will be fine. I have the Crossfire II and the Diamondback HP. Both have been more than adequate for my needs.


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TimeOutdoors
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
Either of the Vortex will be fine. I have no experience with the third.


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LSUDUCKMAN67
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
What about Hawke? Any of you baws have one?


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
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Not looking to spend more than $225-$250


More good options than you can count in that price bracket.

I'm an admitted leupold fan boy and would get a leupold.


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257WBY
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
Nice combo

LINK


UpToPar
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
quote:

Don’t buy cheap optics. Always buy the best you can afford.


If you can afford to buy nightforce or swarovski glass then by all means go for it. But "cheap scopes" today are 100x better than what many of our dads and grandpas killed 100s of deer with.


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257WBY
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
Get this ASAP and thank me later.

LINK


Success
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
Nothing in the link


tilco
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Spanish Fort, AL
Member since Nov 2013
11718 posts

re: Entry-level rifle scopes
I shot better with a bushnell elite 3-9x40 than I do now with my dads old zeiss 3-12 x56.

I would say get a solid scope like he’s looking at and spend the money on good binos.


257WBY
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
Also a good deal in your range.

LINK


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257WBY
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
Leupold V3 from cameraland


Great value and a scope you’ll keep forever.


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mylsuhat
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Member since Mar 2008
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
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Not looking to spend more than $225-$250
Nikon Pro-Staff


257WBY
Baylor Fan
Member since Feb 2014
3030 posts

re: Entry-level rifle scopes
Nikon only if it’s a super bargain. They’re getting out of the scope business.


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Flats
Georgia Tech Fan
Member since Jul 2019
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
If that's what you want to spend there are plenty of options. I wouldn't plan on being able to easily use the top end of any of those, but 4-8 should be fine.


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AlxTgr
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Member since Oct 2003
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
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What about Hawke? Any of you baws have one?

Love them. Also, I absolutely disagree with the notion of never buying cheap optics. many are fine. Especially Hawke and Bushnell.


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LSUDAN1
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Member since Oct 2010
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re: Entry-level rifle scopes
I recently bought a Prostaff 3-9x50 for $139 off Euro Optics. Looks like they are back to regular price. I have 2 already on other guns so I stuck with what I liked even if they are getting out of the business.


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