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Old August 23, 2002, 04:16 AM   #1
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Inexpensive (not Cheap) Rifle Scopes?

I'm looking for an inexpensive rifle scope for my new Remington 700. By inexpensive I mean around $200 or less. I'm not talking about a $29 Wal-Mart special either. I do some serious hunting/shooting year round, not just a couple times each season so I need a scope that will last. Everything I have been able to find crosses the $200 mark. The Vari-X I, 2-7X33 by Leupold is about as good a deal as I can find and as big as I need to go for my hunting needs. Actually, I would prefer something in 1.5-4 but that means stepping up to the Vari-X II's and crossing that ever so important $200 mark again! I don't want to sacrifice quality for the sake of my wallet but everything else seems to do so. Does anyone know of a scope that will fit my needs? I have had some bad experiences with Simmons so I tend to shy away from them as a credible option.
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Old August 23, 2002, 04:44 AM   #2
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Check out CDNN, they are having a sale in their latest add in the Shotgun News.
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Old August 23, 2002, 04:43 PM   #3
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You might try a used scope from one of the big names. Their warrenties are typically outstanding if it turns out to have problems.
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Old August 23, 2002, 04:57 PM   #4
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A recently got a Weaver scope that I am very happy with.

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Old August 23, 2002, 08:13 PM   #5
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Burris seems to offer good optical value and quality for the money. I have a Signature that I use a lot but they have less expensive series that are still very good.
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Old August 24, 2002, 07:33 AM   #6
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Best deal I've found in a while is a closeout at on the Bausch & Lomb 3X9X40 Elite 3000 series for $149. This scope has great optics, very rugged, and repeats settings. I have purchased 3 of these since they started running the closeout and have not been disappointed. Warranty is as good or better than most. B&L was offering a 1 year money back on these scopes if you don't like them.
At this price there is some cash left over for a decent set of rings and mounts. My favorite rings are the Burris Signature series. They usually run about $30.
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Old August 25, 2002, 03:50 PM   #7
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I found a Leupold 3-9 x30 that I didn't jump on fast enough, for $175.
One week later I found the same model for $100 and it was in PERFECT condition.

Keep looking.
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Old August 26, 2002, 10:46 PM   #8
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Inexpensive rifle scopes

I bought a Burris Fullfield II from Natchez Shooters Supply for less than $200.00. It was a 3x9x40 with the ballisticplex recticle. A good solid scope with a lifetime warranty.As far as I can tell it has the best glass in that price range.
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