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Old 12-24-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
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Default Top 5 best & worst rifle scopes

I'm looking to replace one of my rifle scopes and was wondering what everyones top 5 best and top 5 worst rifle scope brands are.
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:26 AM   #2
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depending on your budget--i would consider a Leupold--very good scope and not real pricey--
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Old 12-24-2009, 03:39 PM   #3
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5 worst ?


Bad luck is one thing, but 5 ?


Is this an IQ test !?!?
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bsa deer hunter rifle scopes keep things interesting...but when ya get bored with all that, get a burris.
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:58 PM   #5
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5 best
Schmitt and Bender
Zeiss
Kahles
Leupold Mark4 (best buy for the money)
Swarovski Z6 (overpriced)

5 worst
Tasco (the worst, anything produced by mead)
Simmons
Pine Ridge
BSA
Burris
Low End Bushnells, (not the Bausch and Lomb Elites)
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Old 12-25-2009, 05:58 AM   #6
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Budget is the determining question. If you can swing it, a Zeiss Diavari 3x12x56 is going to be hard to beat. The best medium price scope,IMHO, is the Bushnell 4200 Elite. The $100 specials are usually the bottom of the barrel.
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Old 12-25-2009, 06:37 AM   #7
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Tops in my book are: Swaro Z6, S & B Summit (new model), Zeiss Diavari, U.S. Optics, Premier Heritage Tactical models, and Nightforce NXS. Bottom models include BSA, Barska, ATN, Tasco and any Wally World bubble pack special.
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dollar for dollar I would say Leupold VX-II, I have them on almost all my shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:14 PM   #9
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The best are easy to determine, but only if there are cost limits. Swarovski, Leupold, Zeiss, and several others come to mind.

The ones that I would not buy are:
Simmons
BSA
Burris
Tasco
any lower priced Bushnell
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:16 PM   #10
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5 best
Schmitt and Bender
Zeiss
Kahles
Leupold Mark4 (best buy for the money)
Swarovski Z6 (overpriced)

5 worst
Tasco (the worst, anything produced by mead)
Simmons
Pine Ridge
BSA
Burris
Low End Bushnells, (not the Bausch and Lomb Elites)
I disagree with this. I love my Burris and it's by far my favorite scope I've had. Leupolds included although I've never had a Mark 4. I've also never had any issues with Simmons scopes although not usually as clear as Burris.

I've had several issues with the Leupold I have as well as 2 other friends I know that have Leupolds whom have also had problems with theirs. Once you send it in they are good about taking care of it but none of them seem to hold up. None of us have had issues with Simmons nor Burris scopes. I've not had issues with Tasco's either but I know some do. No way I'd say they are the worst scopes and especially not Burris.
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