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How do you select a scope? Some major catalogs have 10 or more manufacturers listed with as many models. In store, probably ev

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  • #16
    After some thought, and rereading 06's post, I've come to this conclusion.
    A scope's "value" should be based on "clarity" and "consistency".
    If it will hold "zero" and it doesn't "fog", I'd say it's a keeper.
    Those if us who "know" also understand that some brand names are just more consistent with those qualities.

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    • #17
      I guess I have a diffferant scope rule of thumb than most the people on here. I buy a scope that can do what the rifle can do, regardless of the rifle's price. For instance I'm going to put a $310 scope on a Savage 111 that costs about $350-$400. The reason I'm putting that scope on that rifle is because the rifle can do the things a $600 rifle can.

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      • #18
        Leupold and Nikons are my top two I think. I also tend to value warranty highly. Not only can you have a mishap in the field but a friend of mines had a crazy now ex-wife while in the early phases of divorce, break 3 of his Leupold scopes. Just threw them on the floor and they shattered. He sent them back and I think they repaired one and replaced two. On equipment that you will spend upwards of $300 on, having that kind of back end protection is invaluable. I believe all Leupold's have this warranty, and most Nikons do as well.

        Not to mention that both are damn good optics brands

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        • #19
          every one of my rifles, slug gun, and muzzleloader carry leupold glass, and there is a good reason for it. its what my dads always used, and its what i have always used. have never had a single issue, and dont plan on having an issue.

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          • #20
            If it is for a gun that will be used to put meat on the table I usually look over all the offerings from different manufacturers and then I go buy a Leupold.
            I do have a couple Prostaff's on varmint rifles and one Bushnell 6500 which is a nice scope but not any better than a VX3 and cost about 50 bucks more. The Prostaff scopes are super values for the money.
            I do agree with 99 that I am not going to pay the extra money for the last couple of percentage points. I have yet to encounter a situation where the Leupold scopes I own failed in any way or cost me an animal through lack of performance. Not saying it couldn't happen but they have a 25 year track record with me.
            Otherwise I balance intended use with available cash and buy the best I can afford. I typically prefer scopes in the 2x7-8 range.

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            • #21
              It seems my scopes run the gamut from Bushnell a couple of Tasco World Class, to Burris, Redfield(50years old), four Weaver(steel tube), several Leupolds and a Swarovski.
              I have not done the 'four corner test' on all of them but have no complaints about any of them for the rifle and purpose I use them for.
              I have had to have service from Tasco and Swarovski(both excellent C.S.). Three Weavers I sent back for cleaning and touch up(again excellent service). Never touched the Burris, three Leupolds or Redfield.
              I am not sure how I would go about looking for another scope - I guess I will go to a store that has a big array of the current models with all the bells and whistles and spend the afternoon. I hear the stories about what others consider frontrunners so I will definitely check them out. Next scope purchase will be for a Savage B Mag, .17WSM.

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              • #22
                I am partial to Leupold, especially since I can get a 40% military discount on most of their stuff. Also their customer service is top notch. I left my adjustment caps at the range one day so I called them to try to order new ones and they just shipped me new ones absolutly free of charge.

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