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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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  • LostLure
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    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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  • jhjimbo
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    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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  • chuckles
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    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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  • scratchgolf72
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    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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  • Tiglesias
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    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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  • M.A.T
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    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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  • FirstBubba
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    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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  • FirstBubba
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    99
    I jest! I don't have high dollar arms. Only one cost in excess of $500.
    It's not that I'm just cheap, It's just that I'm somewhat of a tightwad!
    I just try to buy value, I like the old K4's and they still serve me well. It gives me the warm fuzzies when I succeed in the field with my "old" equipment.

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  • 99explorer
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    Put another way, I would prefer to have a $1,000 rifle with a $500 scope than a $500 rifle with a $1,000 scope.

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  • 99explorer
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    Bubba - Good example. Your set-up seems to be in keeping with my rule of thumb. The cost of your Weaver K4 scope does not exceed the value of your rifle(s). At least I hope not.
    My point is that the scope should not be too good for the rifle, but it's okay if the rifle is better and more costly than the scope.

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    The only true criteria for judging a scope is performance. This can be affected by mounting, rings, bases, and even the accuracy of the rifle it is mounted on. I tend to favor Leupolds, since they always hold zero, never fog, and the one time I had to use their customer service, it was fantastic. The same could be said for Burris, when they were located in Greely, CO.
    However, I also have an old Simmons, so old it was made in Japan, that has been used, abused, carried, dropped, and has never fogged nor had the crosshairs shift. This scope has accounted for over forty deer and two elk, from Texas heat to New Mexico sub-zero cold, and has never shifted point of aim.
    I reckon that the bottom line is, buy the best you can afford, and take a close look at the warranty before you shell out the hard earned cash.

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  • FirstBubba
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    By that logic, what are my rifles worth topped with a $20, antique Weaver K4?
    Twenty bucks?
    LOL!

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  • 99explorer
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    In accordance with the law of diminishing returns,a $1,000 scope does not have twice the value of a $500 scope.
    IMO, a good Leupold VX-II or VX-III delivers about 98% of the quality that can be built into a scope, and I would not pay twice the price to get that extra one or two percent.

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  • Treestand
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    My rule of thumb: If your Rifle cost you $500.00
    I will spend Half $250.00 for a Scope, Pick out Three Top Scopes,Then pick what falls in to your Price Point.

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  • M.A.T
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    I just picked what scope I was going to get to replace my old one and I decided to get the Nikon Prostaff 5 3.5-14x40 BDC Side Focus, sure is a long name. I picked it by making the following criteria: has to have better clarity and brightness than the Prostaff, has adjustable parallax, has a power range of 3-9 to 4-16, has a objective size of 40-44mm, has to be $200-$350, and has to be from a well-known company e.g. Leupold, Nikon, Bushnell, or Vortex. The scopes that meet this criteria are the Nikon Prostaff 5, Nikon Buckmaster, Bushnell Legend Ultra HD and Vortex Diamonback. I went with the Prostaff 5 because it probaly has the best optical quality, has the best power range, and the best features.

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