View Full Version : gots $350 saved for scope

March 6, 2009, 10:26 PM
what would you recomend---hunting scope---300 yds max distance shooting--and on a 308

March 6, 2009, 11:08 PM
A 3-9x40 duplex reticle by Leupold or Nikon. Call WildAlaska and see if he can hook you up.

March 6, 2009, 11:10 PM
Yep. I got a Loopy 3-9x40 VXII on my .308. Works like a champ.

March 7, 2009, 06:17 AM
If you want a little less bulk on top of the gun and if you think there will be a good posibility of situations where close shots in thick woods are available, consider too the Leupold 2X7 in the slightley smaller objective, 30MM I think.

EIther way you can't go wrong with a Leupold.

March 7, 2009, 09:50 AM
Check SWFA or thesamplelist for best prices. I'd go with a Nikon Monarch over comparably priced Leupolds. Not everyone likes the Nikon BDC reticle, but with a 30-06 out to 300 yards my Monarch 3-9 is spot on. I imagine it would work just as well with the ballistics of a 308.

March 7, 2009, 10:18 AM
You couldn't beat a Sightron S2, 3-9.
Lifetime warranty, made in Japan.
Very clear, very accurate adjustments.
And you will have some money left over.

I am using one on a Savage muzzleloader, cranking out just over 3,000 foot pounds, so it will handle a .308 easily.

March 7, 2009, 10:33 AM
I like bswiv's rec. The VX-II 2-7x33 is lightweight, has pretty good glass, all the magnification you need out to 300 yards, and the 2nd best eye box you can buy from any manufacturer (the VX-III 1.5-5 has the best). It comes in Duplex, LR Duplex, and a Mildot version. Midway shows the specs well, but you can probably find it cheaper if you look around.


Art Eatman
March 7, 2009, 11:08 AM
From the standpoint of "need", a fixed 4X of reasonable quality does it. A 3x9 will spend most of its life set on 3X, anyway. It's a field of view thing.

My second-longest one-shot kill on a buck was at about 350 yards; my 3x9 happened to be set on 3X. But, "Alas, poor Bambi..."

Binoculars are what you use to look Bambi over to see if he's worth shooting. You don't use the 9X of the scope for that; sometimes it's not Bambi, it's Sum Dood who's strayed into your hunt area.

March 7, 2009, 03:09 PM
A Leupold FXIII 6X42. This is the one of the best scopes out there. It is the easily the equal of my Zeiss 6X scopes, maybe a little better in low light.

March 7, 2009, 05:12 PM
For that money, you cannot buy a better scope than a 3x9 Nikon Monarch. Go compare them (in the same price point mind you) to a Leupold of a Zeiss, and you'll walk away with a Nikon.

March 7, 2009, 09:13 PM
A scope of 2-7x33, like the VXII, is plenty of scope to 300 yds. The Nikon Monarch is now 2.5-10x42 and priced over your limit, but the 2-8x32 Nikon Monarch would fit the bill. Another very good value would also be the Elite 4200 from Bushnell in 3-9x40. If you look on Midway's site they may still have some VXIIIs on sale in the 1.75-6x32 and 2.5-8x36 sizes at under $350.

March 7, 2009, 10:07 PM
I like the Nikon Omega 3x9 scope, it has 6" of eye relief even at 9X.

Nikon optics, the name says it all.

Here it is on my .308...


March 8, 2009, 02:08 AM
If 300yds is your maximum range then think about having a lower low end like 2x or 1.5x. Having a great scope isn't much fun if the deer is close and you can't find it in your scope.

March 8, 2009, 11:36 AM
I like the Nikon Omega 3x9 scope, it has 6" of eye relief even at 9X.

The Omega is a muzzle loader scope right? What's it' parallax free setting? I have a SG/ML scope on one rifle too. It works well, but it's a 1-4 power and I have a terrain limitation that keeps me well below 300 yards.

March 8, 2009, 12:16 PM
100 yard parallax setting. It's compact, claimed to be shockproof and has a 40mm objective.


March 8, 2009, 12:48 PM
i've been researching/eyeing this weaver. http://www.swfa.com/pc-2329-256-weaver-4-16x42-classic-v16-series-rifle-scope.aspx i was thinking of putting it on my 111 savage 30-06. I've never used it but everyone seems to say its great.

March 11, 2009, 11:24 PM
If you haven't bought that scope yet, here is a great deal:

Leupold VX III 3.5-10x40


I have this scope on my elk rifle and don't think you can get a better scope for the price.

Art Eatman
March 12, 2009, 09:21 AM
It's still a matter of need vs. want. A fella might be better off with $150 worth of fixed 4X and $200 worth of ammo for practicing.

I dunno. From the thread title, the OP had to do some saving to get the $350. The way I look at it, a higher level of skill with a 4X is better than a lesser level of skill with a 3x9. But only the OP knows his billfold...

James R. Burke
March 12, 2009, 03:59 PM
Leupold 3x9 with a 40 or 50 obejective. I like the 40 keeps you lower to the rifle, but the 50 is nice for the light gathering, but no doubt for the money Leupold.

March 12, 2009, 07:09 PM
My second-longest one-shot kill on a buck was at about 350 yards; my 3x9 happened to be set on 3X. But, "Alas, poor Bambi..."


With the exception of a few USMC guns, all of the worlds sniper rifles used in WWII wore low powered scopes. My high speed pig reaper AR-15 wears a 4X33 FXII Leupold scope.

March 19, 2009, 03:32 PM
Nikon Team Primos for $199.
You'll throw rocks at a Leupold after that.
And you won't have to send it back for repair replacement.
Let the flames begin!

March 19, 2009, 03:36 PM
I own several Nikon Monarchs and agree they are impressive...up til they get compared with a Leupold European 30mm. At least to my eye.

April 3, 2009, 06:02 PM
i shoot nikon and like them but i also shoot zeiss and sorry but the 2 are not even compareable in low light.

save a bit more and buy the zeiss 3-9x40

James R. Burke
April 4, 2009, 03:39 PM
Never had to send a Leupold back, and I have alot of them. If you should need to it's a lifetime warranty. For the money I would put it up against any scope in the same money field!