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Old 01-08-2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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im looking for a scope for my sedgeley 30-06, and i was wondering if any of the low-cost scopes are worth buying. i hunt western oregon and 200 to 250 yards is as far as im comfortable shooting, with most of my animals being taken at 50 to 150 yds. i just want a scope that wont fog, and doesnt move every time i shoot it. i know theres alot of cheap scopes, just want to know if any are good.

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Old 01-08-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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Best thing to do is buy an old Leupold. New scopes for $100 won't deliver. It's not all about fogging but the quality of the optics.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:58 AM   #3
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it's been several years now, but i wanted a less expensive scope for a rifle once too.... found an older (old stock) weaver 4x for well under $100. it hasn't failed me yet, and is all i need out to 300 easy.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:17 AM   #4
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I honestly dont think there is a good scope for 100.00, or less. Try to find a used scope of known quality.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:29 AM   #5
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I wouldn't pay under $11 for a scope either. While I don't think the high priced scopes offer me enough more to justify the price, the under a $100 scopes are normally junk. Years ago I had a Tasco Pronghorn that cost me well under a hundred. Alumiun body and the steel rings holding in the front glass destroyed the threds in about a month. It was on a 25-06. I did have a Tasco Workd Class cost me $89 brand new. Lasted a lonk time and I gave it to a young man wanting one for his 22. I believe the gods just smiled on me on that one.

I suspect I do understand where your coming from though. It is a money thing as it was for me. Look for used scopes, gun show good place to look. Maybe an old Weaver, Redfield. Leupold or Bushnell. I have an old Weaver K4 that probably you could get for around $50. But it's a good enought scope that I wouldn't sell it.

I just checked Midway and they do have Bushnell Banner's for under $100. I have no idea how good they are any more but I have one on my 25-06 now that has been doing well for over twenty years. BSA alsso under $100 but I have no experience with them. Stay with a well known name, even if it is bottom of the line. Come to think of it, you might also check Cabelas. They have stuff in a back room marked way down, returned items mostly I think. But I also think the stuff works.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:45 AM   #6
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I have a Bushnell Banner 4X12 that I think was around $100 years ago. I wouldn't go that high power on one though, by the time I got over 9X, eye relief got really bad. I hate that scope, but it was on my 300 win mag for about 10 years and it did OK.

The key to happiness when it comes to scopes in never look through quality glass. I think the $100 to $200 range you can find something that is functional, but once you look through a high end scope, your done.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:59 AM   #7
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Center Point from Wal-Mart, 79.00. A great scope.
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Spend the extra $50 and buy a nikon prostaff 3x9x40. Best scope and glass for the money. I've had about 6-8 of them and they have never failed me. You will not be disappointed ...
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:06 PM   #9
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I know you said under 100.00, but I have seen this basic Redfield on sale for 129.99, and this place has them for 149.00. Try checking some different sources for the same scope. They are made at the Leupold plant and carry the same lifetime warranty.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:36 PM   #10
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You can find the Nikon Prostaff 3x9 for $99 on sale at pretty much every other store in town. I have a few and so do my friends and we all agree its the best scope in that price range.
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Like others stated I would buy a nikon pro staff 3x9x40 on sale for $99 I own 5+Nikon optics only one prostaff but have never had a problem with any of them
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Another vote for the bushnell banner. I've had a few and they just seem to take abuse. The glass is OK at best but they do the job and, the ones I've owned, were trouble free. Now, I've got a centerpoint and it seems like its made about as well as the busnell or similar scopes. The glass seems a little clearer but I have not shot it yet to see how it works. Nikon is always a good choice, too. Personally, I love quality glass but the lower cost stuff does have its place and I gladly own both.
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For under 100 bucks the banner gets my vote
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:37 PM   #14
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I have an older Simmons 44 mag 3-10X44 that I bought new some 20 years ago or so. It has never disappointed me, and is a nice bright scope. I think it was $149, which is about the same as it is now.

I also have a Bushnell that I bought on a close out deal for like $99, it was regular around $150. It is ok, but I still prefer the Simmons.

My next one, which will be this year will be a Nikon with BDC.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:42 PM   #15
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The Nikons by all accounts are good. If you're patient you might be able to find a Leupold VX1 right at $100 too. For a little less though, especially on sale, the Tasco World Class has delivered for me in the past. You won't get the same optics as a more expensive scope, but then you already decided you weren't when you set the price limit. I had a Tasco World Class on my first rifle that lasted 12 years with no problems, then I sold it to help pay for a Leupold. Disclaimer is I haven't had one on a rifle since then (20 yrs ago) and I don't know if the quality has held.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:29 PM   #16
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Contact Midway, 1-800-243-3220, and have them send you a catalog. Scope's in there in your price range.
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For a few dollars more I would go with the Leupold redfield you will get a warranty and I have one that I have been very impressed with.
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For a few dollars more I would go with the Leupold redfield you will get a warranty and I have one that I have been very impressed with.
I have the Leupold/Redfield in a 2-7x, love it! Caution the 2-7x doesn't fit long actions well. You'll need extension rings and then little fore and aft adjustment. My next scope will be a 3-9x Leupold/Redfield.
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I agree I have a 3x9 on my sons 308 excellent glass and zero problems.

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I have the Leupold/Redfield in a 2-7x, love it! Caution the 2-7x doesn't fit long actions well. You'll need extension rings and then little fore and aft adjustment. My next scope will be a 3-9x Leupold/Redfield.
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My first rifle had a Bushnell Banner 35 years ago. Fogged on the second day on an out of state Mule Deer hunt. Bought a used Leupold after that. Still hitting animals
Just one of those early lessons about knowing where to invest..
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Nikon gets my vote

I have 2 Banner's 2 nikon prosaff's the banner is ok but I would rather have my old simmons then a banner.
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My first rifle had a Bushnell Banner 35 years ago. Fogged on the second day on an out of state Mule Deer hunt. Bought a used Leupold after that. Still hitting animals
Just one of those early lessons about knowing where to invest..
A lemon get's out of everyone's plant sooner or later. Bushnell's are not my first preference in scope's but you can get them really inexpensive and the track record is not that bad for the price you pay.
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I don't know when the Banner scope was first produced but I ended up with one that was mounted on a Remington Mod. 721 that was probably made in the early 50's. It's one of the best scopes I've ever looked through although I've never hunted with it. I had a later Banner 3 X 9, made in the 70's, which was probably the worst I ever looked through.
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A lemon get's out of everyone's plant sooner or later. Bushnell's are not my first preference in scope's but you can get them really inexpensive and the track record is not that bad for the price you pay.

It's always a gamble, but if you put in some years getting the preference points and you spent the time and money to get yourself at 8500 ft elevation, in the middle of Nevada in 2 feet of snow, miles of desert mud ,chains on all four, and hazardous icy hwy from a replacement....that's they guy who might have some thoughts about "value".
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It's always a gamble, but if you put in some years getting the preference points and you spent the time and money to get yourself at 8500 ft elevation, in the middle of Nevada in 2 feet of snow, miles of desert mud ,chains on all four, and hazardous icy hwy from a replacement....that's they guy who might have some thoughts about "value".
If I ever went on a once in a lifetime, remote wilderness type hunt I wouldn't buy a new rifle. I've got a ton of faith in an old .270 in the safe, but I would be very, very tempted to upgrade the glass. Well, I would be, but I upgraded a couple of years ago to a 3x9 Nikon Monarch for it.I also tend to take more than one rifle.

I do have a Nikon Buckmaster fixed 4 that is going back to Nikon, it gained some moisture inside on my recent elk hunt. Oh well, it gave me an excuse for missing that elk. While I'm disappointed that it leaked, I'm more upset that I'm going to have to re-sight that rifle, that dang .35 Whelen is no fun off the bench, thank goodness for the lead sled!
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It's always a gamble, but if you put in some years getting the preference points and you spent the time and money to get yourself at 8500 ft elevation, in the middle of Nevada in 2 feet of snow, miles of desert mud ,chains on all four, and hazardous icy hwy from a replacement....that's they guy who might have some thoughts about "value".
Could not agree more! Then again if you can afford to take a trip like that, you can afford better equip.
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If I ever went on a once in a lifetime, remote wilderness type hunt I wouldn't buy a new rifle. I've got a ton of faith in an old .270 in the safe, but I would be very, very tempted to upgrade the glass. Well, I would be, but I upgraded a couple of years ago to a 3x9 Nikon Monarch for it.I also tend to take more than one rifle.

I do have a Nikon Buckmaster fixed 4 that is going back to Nikon, it gained some moisture inside on my recent elk hunt. Oh well, it gave me an excuse for missing that elk. While I'm disappointed that it leaked, I'm more upset that I'm going to have to re-sight that rifle, that dang .35 Whelen is no fun off the bench, thank goodness for the lead sled!
I hear where your coming from but, if a guy spent $5000+ dollars on a guided hunt out of state or out of ccountry, if he needed a new rifle, it's nothing compared to the cost of the hunt. For myself, I don't take trip's like that and if a I did, I too probably have all I need. 30-06, 308, 6.5x06, 6.5x55, 25-06 and a 243. I'll never hunt anything again that the 30-06 won' handle.
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Budgets are tough and saving pennies is a pain, but here's some truth:
Never go cheap on speakers for the stereo, and never go cheap on glass for the rifle.

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There is a big difference between cheap and inexpensive. nIf the guy get's a really inexpensive scope and it last only two years it just could be he'll be in a position to get a better one next time.
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Lots of advice here and some have nailed it. Things to consider, low light ability. This is where good optics are nice. In the store that is well lit, you cant see how the scope will perform in low light. I would NEVER buy another Simmons. Too many issues fogging up on the inside with them. Do as some have mentioned and either double your money and get a Leopold or the Nikon for $150. Problem with used is you dont know if its gonna be right or not. You will be glad you did as you cant buy a "Decent" scope for under $100

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