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Entry Level Target Scope

Old 03-24-2014, 04:39 AM
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Default Entry Level Target Scope

For those that don't have a deep pocket book I'm curious on which target scopes you have been using with high success. Lets say the cut off on price is $1000.00 max on the scope.

I myself have a few nice Weaver scopes that work well up to 600 yards. But I want to go beyond that mark using turrets and would prefer a side focus adjustment instead of having it on the bell of the scope. My only down side to the Weavers I have been using is the actual crosshairs and Mil dots are just too thick to get a precise hold on a target at longer ranges. Main thing I want is a scope that will go around the world and come back to the same zero spot. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:13 AM
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You might want to take a look at these guys;
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:09 AM
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You might want to look at some of the Leupold Mark 4 scopes at Optics Planet. Some are well under $1,000.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:49 PM
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This is a few years old, but you might find this pertinent: Optics Article

When I saw the thread title, I got nervous that you'd be looking for a $300 or less scope to work at 1,000yrds... Glad you're more realistic about your budget!

The Leupold VX-3 LRT's are still right around that $1000 mark, 6.5-20x50mm or 8.5-25x50mm. Big benefit of the Leupolds is the extreme adjustment range, can dial a LOT of drop even without an angled base.

I'm not sure the 6.5-20x50 Ziess MC Conquest is still under $1,000, my wife had one on her WSM for a while, but the internal adjustment was a limiting factor for that particular model. Same issue for the higher magnification Nikon Monarchs also - disappointing when you get it home then realize how limited they are.

I believe the Bushnell Elite 4-32x50mm is still under $1000 also. Not as much internal adjustment as I'd like, but ya can't beat that zoom range.

"Fixies" can be had cheaper, but high mag fixed power scopes are kinda hard to use outside of long range work. I've borrowed a T-36 for a test drive, betting it still runs quite a bit less than $1000 even today.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:05 AM
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vortex viper seems to be the best bang for the buck out there, know folks who do very well with them in the long range arena.
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:08 AM
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Thanks guys
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