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Old January 14, 2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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A basic scope for 300 win mag.

I'm looking for a scope that will hold up to the recoil of my 300 win mag. I dont need anything spectacular. just something tough. Just had the first scope which came with the rifle break (it was a cheesy tasco). I'd like to keep the price below 100 and have magnification up to 12x. I know i'm not going to have the best clarity, but its just for punching paper for the moment. (the woman price capped me until after the wedding)
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Old January 14, 2012, 09:19 PM   #2
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most 3x9s will work. Under 100 may be an issue.
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Old January 14, 2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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If you only have $100 for it, look used. El Paso Weavers can be had inexpensively. If you put a cheap scope on it the .300 will just rattle it to pieces and you'll end up buying another one anyways.
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Old January 14, 2012, 09:24 PM   #4
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I know. It's a pain in the ass not to be able to even step up to a vortex. I'm really sold on the 12 power though. at the ranges i've been shooting lately i need the extra magnification for target ID(If i could get a tough enough 24x i would).
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Old January 14, 2012, 09:25 PM   #5
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I just picked up a pentax 3x9-40 for under 100 bucks for my .22. I have a vortex in 4x12-40 on my .308 and its a damn good scope i paid $200 for it. For under 100 bucks a bushnell may be the best bet.
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Old January 14, 2012, 09:25 PM   #6
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Leupold VXII 3-9X40 have been discontinued so you might find a deal on a great scope.
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Old January 14, 2012, 09:25 PM   #7
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Bushnell banner 4-12x. Or maybe a Bushnell Trophy 3-9x on sale.
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Old January 14, 2012, 09:32 PM   #8
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I would wait until you can afford a good one unless you can find one used. Even your Lower end Bushnells and other scopes in the 100-150 range can have issues with high recoil. You may find a cheap one works, or you may ruin a cheap scope and end up buying a good one anyway. Just my two cents. Hope you can come off that budget soon haha
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Old January 14, 2012, 09:52 PM   #9
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IMHO if you put a $100 scope on your $600 rifle, it will never perform like a $600 rifle. I would hold off buying a scope until you can spend atleast $250. Don't get cheap base/rings either. The rifle, base, rings and scope all have to work as a single system and the system is only as good as the weakest component.
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Old January 14, 2012, 09:53 PM   #10
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yeah, i wish the budget weren't so stringent myself. whatever I buy now will end up on my spare rifle in the fall when I buy a new scope. the poor little tasco didnt even know what hit it lol. took a big ol' chunk out of one of the inner lenses.
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Old January 14, 2012, 10:13 PM   #11
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I put a 3-9 X 40 Nikon ProStaff on my .300 WM and it's taking the recoil just fine. Cost about $150 though after rebate. If you can't go higher look at Mueller scopes. EXCELLENT scope for the money $129. See link.

http://swfa.com/Mueller-45-14x40-APV...ope-P9136.aspx
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Old January 14, 2012, 10:20 PM   #12
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I have two vortex scopes and one is on my 300 win mag. It is about 160 new. Vortex has a lifetime no fault warranty.

My 308 has the crossfire and the 300 has the one with a red dot that you can turn on and off. It has cross hairs as well. When the red dot is off there is a black dot. So far it is my favorite scope.
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Old January 15, 2012, 01:07 AM   #13
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Here's a discontinued Vortex Crossfire scope for $100!

By far the best deal out there.

http://swfa.com/Vortex-4-12x40-Cross...pe-P11247.aspx
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Old January 15, 2012, 01:29 AM   #14
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I'd worry about eye relief more than durability. A tough as nails high-end scope will crack you in the face just as easy as a lesser one, trust me! Go with a Leupold or Sightron SIII.
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Old January 15, 2012, 01:50 AM   #15
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This scope originally came on my 300 win mag, it worked awesome but I wanted a higher power scope. It works great, cheap, and plenty clear.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/667...-reticle-matte
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Old January 15, 2012, 02:05 AM   #16
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i only got about 20 shots out of the tasco and shooting through good form will reduce the chance of scope bite
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Old January 15, 2012, 02:08 AM   #17
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thanks for finding that vortex warbird, i think thats what i'll go with
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Old January 15, 2012, 02:18 AM   #18
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check out this 24 power monster!


http://swfa.com/Vortex-6-24x50-Cross...pe-P43585.aspx
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Old January 15, 2012, 02:26 AM   #19
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thanks for finding that vortex warbird, i think thats what i'll go with
I would be really surprised if you are not happy with a Vortex. I am really happy with mine so far.
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Old January 15, 2012, 07:38 AM   #20
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I would be really surprised if you are not happy with a Vortex. I am really happy with mine so far.
+1 on that. I picked up my Vortex Viper 2-7x32 on closeout from SWFA. I'm now a fan of their scopes.
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Old January 15, 2012, 08:17 AM   #21
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Where are the Vortex Crossfires made?
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Old January 15, 2012, 08:19 AM   #22
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Bushnell Trophy on sale. I've had good luck with them.
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Old January 15, 2012, 10:57 AM   #23
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Natchez is having a close out on Millette scopes . I think the 3-9 was right at $100.00 . They have refurbished Nikons on sale too !
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Old January 15, 2012, 11:19 AM   #24
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A $100 scope on a 300 mag might not last a full box of ammo. You really need a decent scope. The more expensive scopes are better, but you don't need to spend a fortune. $200 will buy a scope that will work just fine. A $200 scope will probably be about 500% better than a $100 scope, but a $400 scope may only be about 10% better than a $200 scope. The more expensive scopes are better, but most folks will never notice the difference.

Stay with a 3-9X40. You get more scope for you money in that range. Going up to a 4-12 just costs more and does not offer you a single advantage. Set at 9x, it is more scope than you can use with a 300.

There are a few $150 scopes that are decent, if you can go up to $200 you will see a big improvement over the $150 scopes. Some I'd suggest are:

Redfield Revolution ~ $160
Nikon Prostaff ~$150
Burris Fullfield II~ $180 (old version)
Burris Fullfield E1 ~$200 (new version)
Nikon Buckmaster ~$200
Vortex Diamondback ~$200

Of those, I really like the Burris and Vortex the best.
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Old January 15, 2012, 11:36 AM   #25
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A $100 scope on a 300 mag might not last a full box of ammo. You really need a decent scope.
Yep......The recoil of that round is going to tear apart a lot of the bargain basement scopes on the market. I don't know that I would waste $100 on any scope for the .300 Win Mag. I'd raise my budget to at least $250-$300.
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