.243 rifle scope - bang for the buck
I'm new to the hunting and rifles. I've been looking at a variety of scopes for a Remington .243. I am definately interested in bang for the buck and so I'm not interested in Ziess or high end Leopod (spelling?) . There is nothing like dealing with guys that have real world experience - cold/rainy/snowy/hot.
I'd like to be able to hit a varmint at 400 yards max. I'm looking for a good scope, not a great one.
What do you guys recommend?
Thanks in advance,
If I were group them by class from most expensive to least, it would be something like this. I'm sure others may have a different opinion.
Bushnell elite 4200
Bushnell elite 3200/Legend
This is the price range I've been looking at along with the Burris Fullfields. Thanks very much for the input.
Bushnell elite 3200/Legend
Like I said it's nice to get real world experience from guys that have used the gear. In some other fields that I've worked - going up the quality ladder just one more step can mean a huge increase in price for very little return on the investment.
Shop around for the best price. You might find one of the higher class scopes on clearance somewhere for the price range you are wanting to pay. Leupold is discontinuing their VXIII line so it may not be long before you find them on clearance for near VXII prices. I got a Sightron SII and an SIII this way and saved hundreds of dollars. Don't be afraid of ebay. As a general rule, if the seller has allot of good feedback then they are safe to order from. OpticsPlanet is a power seller on ebay. I think you can trust them.
If you can afford Leupold VXll, then the best deal might be a discontinued Leupold VXlll, some of them have had price reductions of $100 or more (?). The VXlll is a hell of a good scope. When you get past the 4-12x40mm size, then scopes get very large. I don't know how much magnification you want? Make sure you get a scope with an adjustable objective or side adjustment.
You might look at the Weaver GrandSlam line? They have a 6-20x40mm that's only $400. I had a 4.5-14x40 in this line that was a great scope. Sold it to buy a Walther PP in 22lr.
Good luck; man 400 yards is a ways.
That's the kind of info I'm looking for bearclaw. To triangulate using other peoples experience and meet at an approximate value.
I did this with my first home theater system and ended up with a great system rather than a good one and for much less. I learned to be careful of product whores and magazine reviews - don't bite the hand that feeds you. Product whores ( like Harley owners ) will never say anything bad about brand X, no matter if there is better/as good for less. I notice as in my previous non-hunting related searches, that the same names keep coming up - great info thanks.
Barska, Simmons, Tasco, BSA and some of the lower priced Bushnell lines all make scopes that look good and even have pretty good optics, but they "generally" fail due to poor build quality and they can seldom stand up to recoil. I had a $175 BSA 6-24x44 scope that after a month of use - could no longer hold zero. The hellish recoil of a 22Hornet (that's a joke, by the way - in case you do not know what a 22Hornet cartridge looks like) just destroyed that scope. I bought it from a reputable retailer (Cabelas) so I got a full refund. But for the first several weeks of that month it was dead-on with very good image quality - then junk.
Like JimfromTN, I like Burris scopes. I've got a 4-12x32ao on a 22lr that's great - but I don't know about .243 at 400 yards, that's FAR?
Also remember, the bigger the scope that you put on your rifle, then the more ungainly the combination will be in the field. And, prices go up (way up) for good quality high magnification optics. Make sure you're really going to be shooting at 400 yards. For varmints, 200 yards is a pretty fair distance?
I've never had a bad Burris or Weaver and I look forward to getting a Leupold FXlll (after they are discounted for being discontinued). All safe bets. Do check out the discontinued Leupold VariXlll's (VXlll), a great line of scopes, although I've never owned one - see if you can get a good deal? Good luck and safe shooting.