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Old 07-16-2013, 06:30 AM
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Hello, I have been looking for a new scope for hunting this season and cant decide on what i should get. I have a Remington 700 VTR in .308, currently i am shooting with a Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14x40 BDC I like the scope but at 50 and even 100 yards its just not that clear of a sight. I live in Florida and plan on hunting here and in south Alabama, ifI have a shot past 70 yards im lucky. I have been thinking about the monarch3 2-8x32 but Ive cant find one in store to see how they look. Im trying to stay around the $300 price range. Any one have other reccomendations or any input on that monarch?
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:01 AM
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I would suggest the Nikon Pro-staff 3-9x40, I think the pro staff is one of the most popular scopes for your hunting conditions and I think its only around 150 dollars...

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Ill take a look at one and see how i like it thank you
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Nikon Buckmaster 3x9x40
Burris Fullfield II 3x9x40

Both are two of my favorites. Never had one fail in any way. Reasonably priced and good quality.

As you get higher priced, try a Leupold VX-II 3x9x40.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:43 AM
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ive never been impressed with leupold, i know they are great scopes but are they worth the price? i was looking at a buckmaster 3-9x50
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I just recently bought a new Buckmaster and they are solid and built like a tank. I do find the -50 objective bell to be pretty dang big, which is why I stick to the -40's. The -50 bell needs high scope rings to get it off the barrel, and I'm more comfortable with medium rings.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:51 AM
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Ive never tried high mounts so Id have to try them. ill prolly get the buckmaster 3-9 since they dont have a monarch 3-9
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Default I would give the Redfield Revolution line look....

The new Redfield's are made in Leopold's Oregon factory and I talked a buddy into one and he is very happy with it. The one he bought was a 2x7x32 but they also offer it in 3x9x40. The 2x7 was almost a compact but I worked nice on the Marlin XL7 we placed it on. The 3x9 has a longer tube and would allow more scope positioning. The price I have seen these going for is 150-225 range. It has a lifetime no questions warrantee that should never be needed.

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It's hard to beat Leupold scopes period. I've never liked high scope mounts as it pulls my cheek too far off the stock, but everyone is different. At the distances you are shooting a good fixed power scope could serve you well and usually they are a bit cheaper with same quality lens. Scopes are generally in the you get what you pay for. A 150.00 scope is a 150.00 scope and one should not expect the same quality scope as a 800.00. For most average deer hunters shooting 200 yds and under most of the scopes out there will function well enough. I like Leupold and older Redfield scopes but have Pentax scopes also. With all the new lens coatings out there light gathering is pretty good across the line. Good luck on your purchase.
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Scopes are generally in the you get what you pay for. A 150.00 scope is a 150.00 scope and one should not expect the same quality scope as a 800.00. For most average deer hunters shooting 200 yds and under most of the scopes out there will function well enough.
Your first bolded statement is true, but it's hard to justify the $800 optic on a $350 rifle (depending on what the OP is shooting). And that theory is what justifies the second bolded statement, which is that for most of us not on Jim Shockey TV, that a within 200-yard deer shot is easily handled and well within the capabilities of the $200 optic.
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