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goodgrin
LSU Fan
Atlanta, GA
Member since Nov 2003
3520 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm looking to take advantage of some Black Friday sales for scopes. Does anyone have/use the following scopes:

-Primary Arms SLx 1-8x24mm SFP - Rifle scope, Illuminated ACSS
-Leupold VX3i 2.5-8x36
-Arken SH4 6-24X50 GEN2 FFP MOA VPR Illuminated Reticle with Zero Stop - 34mm Tube
-Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x24
-Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8-24
-Vortex Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24 SFP Riflescope

I'm looking to add these to my AR-15, AR-10 and Remington Model 700 .308 rifles. I appreciate any feedback. Both AR rifles are not high end (both have plenty of upgraded parts) and that's why I was not interested in purchasing a Trijicon Accupower 1-8x28 mil segmented 34mm rifle scope for $1,600+ for those rifles. TIA


saintsfan1977
West Monroe, from Cajun country
Member since Jun 2010
5399 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
Swarovski Z3 is in your budget and better than most scopes listed.


Judge Smails
LA-Monroe Fan
Native Son of NELA
Member since Mar 2008
5207 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
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Swarovski Z3 is in your budget and better than most scopes listed.



Yup, but watch out for the Meopta fanboys. They’ll soon be circling you with torches & pitchforks.


Flats
Georgia Tech Fan
Member since Jul 2019
6151 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
You've got a few 1-6, 1-8 listed. Those are really difficult to make usable through their entire magnification range and keep them in a decent price range. If they're user-friendly at 1x, they typically suffer at max magnification, with a dark picture and very small eye box. I've used the Strike Eagle 1-6 and it was what I expected. I have a few Vortex products and really like them, but I stick with 3x and 4x ranges.


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BrasilBama
Alabama Fan
Destin
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Rifle scope recommendations
I typically buy scopes to fit the rifle. On my small guns usually 40 mm. On my DD5 I have a 5-25x56 ATACR. It fits the gun and is an awesome scope for hunting and target. But it would not be a good fit for a small bolt gun. My 300blk SBR I have a 3-9x40 and it’s perfect size.


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texag7
USA Fan
College Station
Member since Apr 2014
30628 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
Vortex viper


LChama
Member since May 2020
427 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
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Yup, but watch out for the Meopta fanboys. They’ll soon be circling you with torches & pitchforks.


I have a Meopta. We have fanboys? I bought it on a budget
This post was edited on 11/29 at 1:42 pm


Beaux Man
Auburn Fan
Satsuma, AL
Member since May 2020
36 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
I have a 50mm or larger scope on every hunting rifle I own. Why these whimpering ninnies seem to be outraged by those I have no idea. Best one I own is an older Swarovski Habicht fixed power 8x56. It’s a low light monster.

Have several Zeiss Conquest 3-9 or 3.5-10x50mm scopes and have loved them. Bought them all used and don’t have over $450 in any of them. Have a Zeiss Conquest 3-12x56 on my daughters .243 Sako and bought it for under $500 if memory serves.

Used premium brand scopes are your best bang for your buck. They will always have a ready market if you decide you want a different one later. Whether you can sell that 2x 20mm objective that looks like a mini Mag Lite that you paid $500 for later is a mystery to me. Maybe those smaller scopes have a strong following. It’s not in the wide open spaces where I hunt. At least not based on what I see on others rifles at camps I go as a guest.

Guy in Monroeville has a Zeiss Conquest 3-12x56 for sale for $550. I’ll get you a phone number if you’re interested. I’d buy it myself but that would only lead me to find another gun to buy to mount it on.

If you want to follow the advice given above mine, look for a Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40. They can be found used for $300 or less usually and are great scopes. They were made by Meopta I’m told and are supposedly the same as their Meopro line.


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Judge Smails
LA-Monroe Fan
Native Son of NELA
Member since Mar 2008
5207 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
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I have a Meopta


Me too.....

quote:

We have fanboys?


You’re new here I guess, second largest group here behind the Tikka cult.


LChama
Member since May 2020
427 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
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behind the Tikka cult.


Sweet! I have my meopta on my Tikka .270.


DownSouthJukin
Ole Miss Fan
The Cleanly South
Member since Jan 2014
19700 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
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FYI, midway has leupold VX3i 2.5-8x36 on sale for $335 right now. Thats an absolute steal for what IMO is the best general purpose hunting rifle scope made.


OP should jump on this.


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Judge Smails
LA-Monroe Fan
Native Son of NELA
Member since Mar 2008
5207 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
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Sweet! I have my meopta on my Tikka .270.


You’re going to fit in nicely. :cheers;


bayoudude
LSU Fan
Houma
Member since Dec 2007
20917 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
Hard to beat a leupold variX-3 for the money.


BeerThirty
Red Stick
Member since May 2017
456 posts
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re: Rifle scope recommendations
I’m a vortex fanboy. Not breaking the bank, but when I’ve held them up next to the same class leupold I prefer the vortex every time. And usually saving a few bills.


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lv2bowhntAU
Auburn Fan
God's Country,a.k.a N. Alabama
Member since Jan 2011
3220 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
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50mm scopes are an abomination. People buy nice trim modern rifles and stick big nasty telescopes on them that are nowhere near necessary.

Coming from the guy the shoots a .338wm for deer

I also agree on the scope size though. I prefer a 44mm on most all of mine.


257WBY
Baylor Fan
Member since Feb 2014
2927 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
Midway has a Sig scope and rangefinder combo at a good price. I don’t think either are their top line.
I have a Sig rangefinder that’s great.


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pdubya76
Mississippi St. Fan
Amite County,Ms.
Member since Mar 2012
4250 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
I want to put a 56mm Zeiss on my daughters 243z


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Duckhammer_77
Member since Nov 2016
1837 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
Past three weekends, I hunted with a few different rifles with different scopes and here’s my hot take on everything so far:

Vortex can suck it. I put a Diamondback 4-12x40 on my 35 Whelan for primitive rifle. Eye relief is horrible, quality of glass is horrible, low-light is cloudy as hell. If I moved my eyeball off the centerline of the exit pupil at all, the whole thing went solid black or solid white. In broad daylight, its fine, but eye relief still sux. This scope will be replaced with a Leupold VX3.

The next day, when normal rifle opened, I used a long range rifle with a Leupold VX6HD 3-18x44 on a pipeline. Holy shite what a difference – GLASS QUALITY MATTERS. Watching deer at 200 yds at dawn & dusk seems brighter thru the scope than by naked eye. I understand the two are apples & oranges in scope and quality of glass. This was just the first time I had a scope of that quality in woods and not looking at a 200yd target and I was blown away.

18x power zoom is A LOT OF SCOPE for deer hunting in the southeast US. You can count ticks on a deer’s arse at 200 yds. Had to zoom back to like 10-12 to see the whole animal and make sure I was aiming at shoulder and not the ass. I kept the scope on 12x the whole time and felt perfectly confident of a shot (that never presented itself )

So, over Thanksgiving I hunted with a “normal” rifle with a Leupold VX3 4.5-14x40. The 14x power was more than plenty for a 200yd shot on a deer. Optics were great, it cost me about $350 on ebay, and I will be buying another one when my 6.5x55 SE is delivered later this week. You do not need to spend an extra $100 on the CDS version for this scope. Zero at 100yds, then 4 clicks up and you’re good to go for anything to 200yds. Aim an inch high at 300yds if you need to.



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TexasHand
LSU Fan
Mississippi
Member since Sep 2013
369 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
Downvote away! I run Nikon Prostaff 3-9x50 on every single hunting rifle I own. Absolutely zero issues the last ten years even in the dreaded low light conditions. If i can’t take a shot at a black spot across a cutover at 500 yards..... i’m ok with it. No, i’m not saying Nikon is the quality of higher end glass, i’m just saying i don’t need it.


257WBY
Baylor Fan
Member since Feb 2014
2927 posts

re: Rifle scope recommendations
Nikon scopes have been an excellent value with great clarity for their price range. Too bad they’re no longer making scopes.


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