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Old January 30, 2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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Best 3x9 rifle scope for $

Money is hard to come by these days . What is the best 3x9 rifle scope for $. More interested in hunting scopes not bench or tactical.
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Old January 30, 2011, 12:43 PM   #2
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You're in luck. The 3-9 variable is the most popular scope. Since so many are made, you get the advantage of the economy of manufacturing scale, and the 3-9 will give you the most scope for the least cost.

I like the mid-range cost scopes. That is the burris fullfield II, the bushnell elite 3200, and even the classic weaver V-series. I don't know about the new redfields, but i would look at them also. Midwayusa.com has 3-9 Bushnell 3200's on sale for 139 $ right now. I think that would be the best value out there right now.

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Old January 30, 2011, 12:48 PM   #3
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Best buy is 100% the Nikon Prostaff, on sale for 100 bucks at cabelas and is by far the best scope in the price range, compares to 200-250 dollar scopes.
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Old January 30, 2011, 01:02 PM   #4
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+1 for burris fullfield, tough to beat for the $$ Lifetime guarantee

Check natchez, they have one with a free GPS for $180. I bought it before holidays, sold GPS on ebay for $85. Ended up with a $100 burris scope.

http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm...TOKEN=74862819
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Old January 30, 2011, 01:07 PM   #5
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You can buy one 3x9 scope that will last for the rest of you life, or you can buy 2-3 cheaper ones over your lifespan and end up spending more than you would have if you would have just paid for the best up front.

Get a Leupold VX-II 3x9
http://www.leupold.com/hunting-and-s...x-ii-3-9x50mm/
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Old January 30, 2011, 01:51 PM   #6
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Best 3x9 rifle scope for $

Best I found was a couple of years ago; Nikon Team Primos. They're really good if they're still available.
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Old January 30, 2011, 02:51 PM   #7
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Right now in the current market I would have to say the bushnell elite 3200's are the best deal going. They are on clearance at midway and natchez for a buck and a half. You can also find nice used scopes on gunbroker. There are some great deals on used weaver v-series scopes all the time.
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Old January 30, 2011, 03:16 PM   #8
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Good deals guys. I am interested in the Nikon Team Primos scope but what would make it better than a Leupold Rifleman or Leupold VX-I. The burris fullfield looks good to w/ there warranty. Bushnell 3200 looks good too. I guess i will be ordering off line to so i cant look at them first.
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Old January 30, 2011, 03:25 PM   #9
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I am going to join the group that says Nikon Primos. I bought one awhile back that currently sits on top my AR. The glass on mine is super clear with no distortion. Plenty of optical power for what it is on and I like the BDC.
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Old January 30, 2011, 03:50 PM   #10
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Redfield is available for around 120.00 depending on reticule. It is made in USA by Leupold and guranteed for life.

I personally would just get the best I could to start with. Minimum VXII quality.

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Old January 30, 2011, 04:01 PM   #11
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Redfield is available for around 120.00 depending on reticule. It is made in USA by Leupold and guranteed for life.
They're nice scopes for the money. The Redfields are nothing more (or less) than rebadged Leupold Riflemans and, as billnourse observed, they come with Leupold's incomparable lifetime warranty.
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Old January 30, 2011, 04:01 PM   #12
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Carefull there Zmax

Man you could start a fight around here with a question like that. I have a Redfield 3-9x 40mm currently mounted on a .243, it's a good scope clear holds zero I would get another without hesitation.
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Old January 30, 2011, 04:04 PM   #13
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Bushnell "Banner" 3x9x40

I've had this on an H&R Sportster for a few years now,,,
So far it's been worth every penny of the $89.95 I paid for it.

Click here please,,,

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Old January 30, 2011, 04:09 PM   #14
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Imo the Leupold Rifleman is overpriced, just not a good glass at all, the VX1 is comparible to the Prostaff and the VXII is basically useless in my book, you gain nothing over the VX1, the big jump is if you go to the VXIII, they are of alot better quality than the other scopes but they also are alot more money, they are in line with the high class buckmaster scopes and monarchs from Nikon. Still the best buy is the Prostaff/ Primos Nikon scopes.
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Old January 30, 2011, 04:36 PM   #15
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If you want a good 3-9x40 scope buy a Leupold VXII which will last you a lifetime of hunting. If you want to buy a camera get a Nikon.
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Old January 30, 2011, 05:03 PM   #16
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Leupold VX-II 3-9
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Old January 30, 2011, 05:33 PM   #17
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At $400 the Zeiss Conquest is the most scope for the money.

For less money I've had good luck with the Redfield, Burris, Leupold and Nikon. I'd use any of them. They have good and bad points, just decide which features are most important to you.
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Old January 30, 2011, 06:32 PM   #18
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I've owned Nikon cameras for a quarter century and they're great. I've never owned one of their scopes. For an inexpensive scope I'd take a Redfield or a used Leopold. I own and use several Leopolds, an old and a new Redfield, a couple of Bushnells and a Burris 2.5 to 8 that they discontinued.
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Old January 30, 2011, 06:57 PM   #19
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Best I found was a couple of years ago; Nikon Team Primos. They're really good if they're still available.
+1. These are actually a re-branded Nikon Monarch and can be had right now for under $250. Awesome scopes for the money.

If that is a bit pricey for you right now, I don't think you can beat the Bushnell Banner series scopes. Pull in a ton of light and hold their zero very well.
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Old January 30, 2011, 07:05 PM   #20
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It all seems like Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge. They all use the same glass now.

In a hunting rifle, photo quality optics, aren't necessary or really desirable. Optics become very expensive when opt for them. I have used most of the mentioned scopes in the past. In the mid 70's I used Weaver and Redfield scopes on magnum rifles and have had one VXIII, and had no issues with any of them. I now have Nikon Monarchs on two Weatherby rifles 340WBY, 300WBY, they are both almost five years old and have shown they can take sustained recoil and rough handling. The mid-tier optics, VxII, Prostaff, Bushnell 3200 are all superior to what we thought were great optics way back then.

My advice is more to get a good warranty on a scope you like. I have only had one scope break on me and that was a store brand 4x that I bought at the local Scheel's, it was on a Mini-14, and after about 1200 rounds the recticle parted at the crosshairs. I took it to Scheel's and they replaced it with a comparable scope, they didn't offer the same scope anymore. You might want, if you have a Scheel's or a Cabela's store around and see what their return policy is now. You may be able to pick up a serviceable scope for less than you think.
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Old January 30, 2011, 07:57 PM   #21
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I have 3 Burris Fullfield II scopes and cant say enough about them. They are great scopes for the money. IMHO. Im sure there are other good scopes out there in that price range but the Burris is all I have experience with.
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Old January 30, 2011, 09:59 PM   #22
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If you want a good 3-9x40 scope buy a Leupold VXII which will last you a lifetime of hunting. If you want to buy a camera get a Nikon.
I will trust my older(20+ years) to the end. Along with my newer Nikons. I would trust a newer Nikon over a newer Leupold anyday of the week right now.


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+1. These are actually a re-branded Nikon Monarch and can be had right now for under $250. Awesome scopes for the money.
If you look like I did, you can find a few for under $200 OTD.
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Old January 30, 2011, 10:18 PM   #23
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Burris Fullfield II's are great scopes for the money. I also have a Vx-I and a Prostaff. I'd rate them in this order.
1. Burris (By Far)
2. Nikon Prostaff
3. Leupold VX-I

The glass in the Prostaff isn't up to par with the Burris, and the low light performance is no where near the Burris. IMO the Nikon is very overpriced at it's normal price. They should be in the $100 price range all the time, but now that they are there on sale they are decent deals. The turrets are hard to adjust and require a screwdriver and the glass is only decent. Other than that, they seem like great scopes, they just aren't up to par with the Burris.

SWFA had 3-9 Burris FFII's on clearance for $119, but I think they sold out.

You can also get some Vortex Vipers on clearance right now which are a little better optically than the Burris scopes, or the 4200's that are on clearance right now and also slightly superior. I'd go with one of those, but if they don't work for you I'd go for the Burris FFII.
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Old January 30, 2011, 10:39 PM   #24
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Prob the Bushnell Elite 3200
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Old February 2, 2011, 10:45 PM   #25
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Nikon Buckmark with BDC reticle. Great lens, lifetime warranty. I just bought one last week after comparing it to the VX-1, Elite 3200, and Burris FF.
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