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Old April 6, 2009, 11:13 PM   #1
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what is the best scope under 100.00 dollars for a remington 700

looking for a good budget scope for a remington 700. i have the scope that this gun came with in a package combo. i think this rifle deserves something a little better!
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Old April 6, 2009, 11:15 PM   #2
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The scope that came in the combo is about the same as a under $100 scope. What your 700 really wants in some rounds to eat. So go feed it and save that money for a $200 scope or better
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Old April 6, 2009, 11:18 PM   #3
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so the scope it came with is better than the pentax scopes?
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Old April 6, 2009, 11:20 PM   #4
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Pentax makes scopes under $100.00,where?
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Old April 6, 2009, 11:22 PM   #5
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Just about any scope under $100 is better than the package scope. You just have to buy three of them.
So I'd do what Oberg suggests and get something in the $180 class, a Bushnell 3200, Nikon Prostaff, Leupold Rifleman, Burris Fullfield II, etc.
http://www.swfa.com/c-2183-riflescopes.aspx
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Old April 6, 2009, 11:35 PM   #6
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If you must there is the Bushnell Banner 4x12-40mm with adjustable objective lens for $99.95. Might tide ya over till ya have more scratch to throw around. Some of us think you could do worse. jd
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Old April 6, 2009, 11:51 PM   #7
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Assuming you're looking for a hunting scope the only less than $100 scope that I'd consider is a Simmons 3-9x40 or 3-10x44 ProHunter. Not great scopes but better than most of the sub-$100 scopes on the market including most of Simmons' products. No telling how long they will hold up though.

I'd much rather see you spend a few dollars over your limit and buy a good scope. The Weaver V9 3-9x38 is actually a good scope.

But if it were me I'd spend $210 on a Nikon Team Primos.
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Old April 7, 2009, 12:06 AM   #8
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i found a pentax gameseeker 3x9-40 for 89.99 is this a good choice?
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Old April 7, 2009, 12:47 AM   #9
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I got a Nikon Prostaff 3x9 off of ebay for 122.00 shipped. This is a dealer selling these and is certainly one of the best deals in scopes out there and was the best price I found, Walmart wants 150. You can be sure it's much better than the scope that came with your gun. Spend the extra few dollars, it's worth it and you'll be glad when you look through that Nikon at 100 yards.

If you can't afford more than 100 then wait until you can. The sight of a rifle can be argued to be more important than the rifle itself. This is why you will see people spend more on their scope than the rifle. I've never done it but only because I can't afford a real high end scope.
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Old April 7, 2009, 06:41 AM   #10
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looking for a good budget scope for a remington 700. i have the scope that this gun came with in a package combo. i think this rifle deserves something a little better!
If you think the rifle deserves something better and all you have is $100 to spend then here is my suggestion. Save the money and shoot what you have until you are able to add another $100 or more too it. There is no need to buy a new scope if yours holds zero and you are able to do what you need to do with it.

Save your money and when you can buy at least a Burris FFII, Bushnell Elite 3200, or Leupold Rifleman/VXI then re-evaluate your scope situation. Compare these scopes against the one you have and better ones. Then figure out if they have the features you want or if you want to save more money to buy a one of the better scopes. Going from a package scope to a $100 scope isn't going to be an improvement.
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Old April 7, 2009, 06:55 AM   #11
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I am with the general consensuses any $100.00 dollar scope is not going to be much of an upgrade as to what it came with.

Don't you wish they would just knock $10-$20 off the price of the gun instead of putting some POS scope in the box that is probably only fit for a airgun or .22
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Old April 7, 2009, 07:38 AM   #12
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The ONLY scope less than $100 I would even consider is one of the Cabela's Pineridge series. Even then, you are better off saving at least $100 more to get something decent. You can buy a nice Burris a little more than $200.
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Old April 7, 2009, 09:02 AM   #13
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I think the only better scope you could get for $100.00 would be a good used scope. Check with your local gun shop or gunsmith. You could get lucky.
I picked up a little scope for $40.00 that works fine for me. (retail new was $140.00)
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Old April 7, 2009, 10:27 AM   #14
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General rule of thumb is to spend at least as much for your scope as you did for the rifle. Optics are the most important part of the system. As the others have said, save your $ until you can get a scope that befits putting it on a Rem 700.
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Old April 7, 2009, 10:51 AM   #15
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If you can afford it buy this:

http://www.swfa.com/c-2119-nikon-tea...flescopes.aspx

If not look at Sightron SI, Nikon Buckmaster or Prostaff, Bushnell Elite3200, Weaver Classic etc. They are all above your stated budget but for $100 there is nothing I can recommend. They may work and they may break on the first shot it's a toss up.


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i found a pentax gameseeker 3x9-40 for 89.99 is this a good choice?
They are just the same Chinese made scopes as the rest of the fodder. You probably are paying more for the Pentax name.
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Old April 7, 2009, 11:20 AM   #16
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My Weatherby Mark V sported a Weaver K4 for a few years. I horse-traded around and got into a Leupold Vari-X II 3x9x50. Oh, wow, maybe, but most of the deer I killed were shot with the scope set on 3X--out to 350 yards.

And that's why for a deer rifle I keep saying that a decent fixed 4X scope is all that's NEEDED. 3x9s are just because of WANT and having the money. If most of your shooting experience has been in full daylight, buying a whole bunch of high-dollar coatings won't improve life one iota.

Prairie dogs and such are a whole different deal. But even there I've found that 9X works just fine to 400 yards. For Ma Bells shots, more is better.

In over fifty years I've never had occasion to mess with scope adjustments in the field. "Set it and forget it." I've never seen the need to worry about repeatability of adjustments on my hunting rifles' scopes.

Target shooting is a whole different deal, when long and varying ranges are involved with different course of fire. Repeatability becomes very important.

All that said, I figure that folks oughta buy whatever they want and can afford. I just think that folks oughta not fool themselves when they're picking out a scope, with the "I need..." idea.
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Old April 7, 2009, 11:39 AM   #17
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My Weatherby Mark V sported a Weaver K4 for a few years.
Those are good scopes and it's hard to beat the price for that level of quality.
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Old April 7, 2009, 12:43 PM   #18
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You didn't say what caliber or what your intended use of the rifle is.

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If you think the rifle deserves something better and all you have is $100 to spend then here is my suggestion. Save the money and shoot what you have until you are able to add another $100 or more too it. There is no need to buy a new scope if yours holds zero and you are able to do what you need to do with it.
That would be my advice as well. I tend to always have a rifle or two that need a scope. So, I'm buying scopes as I can afford them. Most of the rifles are "just another rifle" for me, so it doesn't affect my ability to hunt or shoot as much as I like.

My first deer rifle was a 243 with a 4x scope on it. It worked just fine for me. I know fixed 4x scopes aren't so popular these days, but generally the more power and being a variable addes to the overall length and weight of a scope. That reduces you speed typically to get on target. In variables, the 2-7x range scopes work real well. The only time I use the 3-9x variable at 9x on my 270 is when I'm punching holes in a target. Binoculars work best for "scoping" around.
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Old April 7, 2009, 12:52 PM   #19
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I'm probably thriftier than most......

....or maybe a bit of a cheapskate! But I gotta go with a Leupold as it's the brand I trust. So for my $500 used model 70 classic I bought a used Leupold 3x9x40. But I still had to give $160 for the scope. You can only pinch your pennies so much before you find that you've sacrificed reliability. The cheapest hay isn't the best deal for your horse either.
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Old April 7, 2009, 03:48 PM   #20
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Scopes aren't a place to skimp- Nikon, Leupold, Burris have models in the upper $100 lower $200 range that are well worth it.
If you are absolutely against spending that, the best scope for the money would be a Mueller APV4.5x14x40. They can be had from many places on the net for around $115. Good clarity and a limited lifetime warranty. They don't recommend them for heavy magnum calibers i.e. .375 or .458., but would be fine for an .06.
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Old April 7, 2009, 04:28 PM   #21
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+1 for the Bushnell Banner scopes. I would have to agree, however, scopes are not a place to skimp. A Nikon Buckmasters or Leupold VX-I is the very minimum I'd put on a rifle
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Old April 7, 2009, 05:11 PM   #22
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$100 isn't much to work with when considering a scope for a centerfire rifle such as the Remington 700.

I would work with the scope that came on it and save my money for some decent glass.
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Old April 7, 2009, 06:09 PM   #23
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Hell lets just forget about money for a second, get a Zeiss or Schmidt & Bender if you really want to put some good glass on it...
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Old April 7, 2009, 06:24 PM   #24
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Ever look at Mueller Optics, Midway USA sells them, Super Great scopes for the money take a look, I know they sell a 4.5-14x40 for $129.95 on the website but Midway is usually cheaper, muelleroptics.com
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Old April 7, 2009, 06:24 PM   #25
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You can find a Bushnell Banner series scope for around $100. They are decent scopes, pull in a lot of light and seem to hold their zero well. I've got one and I've been pretty happy with it although I'll eventually upgrade to a Nikon.

As mentioned, scopes aren't places to cheap out. I'd save up, but if your budget is what it is and you need it now, take a look at the Bushnell.
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