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Scope for .270

Postby novice hunter on Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:39 am

How would you compare the following scopes to put on top of a .270 win used for deer and maybe antelope hunting ... 3940m.html ... scope.html ... scope.html with ballistic plex.

are there any better 3-9 scopes for the money? which one will get me the most bang for the buck? or the best BUCK for the money? hehe
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Postby Steven_L on Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:05 am

The scopes are interchangable. I would rate the Leupold as the highest in quality control, but the Browning a bit brighter. Bushnell modifies their Elite series to provide Browning with their scopes. Very good products. All three are direct competitors and I'd be happy with any one of them.
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scope choice

Postby Big Squeeze on Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:48 pm

Hey novice hunter.......................While your shopping, also take a good look at the Elite 4200!!!!!
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Postby novice hunter on Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:52 pm

Would you consider the Bushnell Elite better than these other scopes? in the same range? should i consider better scopes for the price or try to invest a little more?
from what you say is the Browning the same as the Elite series? (technically & quality wise)

Thank you so much for the responses, i really like the Burris one, but I am not sure it would be the best choice.
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scope question #2567.

Postby MrGman on Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:44 pm

Go with the Browning 3X9 and be happy. don't over think it.
The Burris would be my next choice. The Browning is a Bushnell Elite with Brownings own custom AR coatings that are brighter than the 3200 series by far and slightly better than the 4200 series but don't have the rain guard feature. Can't have everything all at once.

scope choice!

Postby Big Squeeze on Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:52 pm

Novice hunter,,,,,,,,,,,Prior to my purchase earlier this year, I narrowed down my final choices to four 3X9`s.........They were the,,,Leupold VX111,,,,,,Nikon Monarch,,,,,,Zeiss Conquest and the Bushnell Elite 4200................Fortunately here in Orange County, Calif. there are a few dealers who stock these which enabled me to go and do some visual comparisons............In one store, I compared the VX111 and the Monarch. Took them both outside, with permission of course, went through all magnifications, focusing on different targets and so on. To my eyes, these two are extremely close and basically an even wash between them................In the other store, I did the same comparison with the Zeiss and the 4200. At that point, I narrowed my choices down to two, the Zeiss or the Elite!!! ...........In my final comparison between these two, I noticed that the Zeiss was ever so slightly brighter. Both of these scopes have OUTSTANDING clarity and resolution. The Zeiss on most sites is $100 more expensive..........The question now was,,,,,"what scope gives me the best value for the dollar???? When considering the optics, the construction, durability and so on, I could not justify the added expense for the Zeiss Conquest at $399!!!........The 3X9 Bushnell Elite 4200 ($299), features a one piece aluminum and titanium alloy tube, 30% stronger than standard aluminum tubes, fully coated optics, plus the patented Rainguard lens coating, which really works, meaning the scope will remain perfectly clear and you`ll never lose a shot in ANY WEATHER!!!! It if fogproof inside and out and shockproof!!! This scope has been recoil tested for thousands of rounds on a 375 H&H. Will NOT be a problem on your .270............Even now, when I add everything up, I will still maintain and conclude, THAT FOR THE MONEY, the Elite 4200 is the best scope on the market!!!!...............Good luck in choosing,,,,,Big Squeeze!
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Postby novice hunter on Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:42 pm

I guess I will have to hit the stores and figure out which I like most. The Ballistic Plex on the Burris looks great but I guess the RainGuard will come handy if needed.
Do you recommend 1 piece mounts or 2?
novice hunter

Go with Bushnell Elite 4200 or 3200

Postby gtrantow on Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:43 pm

I did the same search two years ago. I looked at same scopes plus the Bushnell Elite and Zeiss Conquest.
My first recommendation is go with Elite 4200 or 3200. My .308 has the Elite 4200 1.5-6x36 and my 7mmMag has an Elite 3200 2-7 x 32. The 3200 is major bang for the buck, but I prefer my 4200. Don't underestimate the rainguard. It works in the clutch. Last year it worked great on a rainy elk hunt. I could see and harvested an elk at 290 meters with a wet scope.
My second recommendation is go with smaller objective (32 or 36). The small objectives give plenty of light at low power settings and they have the advantages of not catching on brush and backpacks, lightweight and sometimes discounted price. I would also assume that smaller objectives are more rugged than larger objectives in the same model, based upon elephant guns being mounted with 20 mm objective glass.
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Postby novice hunter on Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:01 am

I dont think its too hard to see an elephant even with iron sights, :wink: hehehe... but its great input that I am getting here. Thank you guys for all the help.

What are the basic differences on the Elite 3200 vs 4200?

Are there any options of those (burris, leupold, elites) in 36mm objectives?
Im looking into 3-9x but wouldnt hurt me to consider 2-7 or 8x. At higher mags wobble is worst, but sometimes long shots need to be taken. And I wouldnt like to be underscoped with a 6x for a long shot across a ridge.
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scope choice

Postby Big Squeeze on Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:01 pm

To: Novice Hunter,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,As far as the objective diameter is concerned, stick with no more than a 40MM!!!! Below a 40MM dia. objective, your selection choices decrease as to the variables......The difference in the field, between the 36MM objective or the 40MM is very miniscule, whether we`re talking weight or snagging up on things!! Your only talking a difference of 2MM at each radius!!!......The 3x9 variable is your best choice for all around hunting!!!!!......The main difference between the 3200 and the 4200 are optics, with a little better light transmission for the 4200! Other than that, not too much!!!!.......However, like the 4200, the 3200 would still be an excellent choice and still features the same Rainguard feature!!!!!
Big Squeeze


Postby novice hunter on Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:36 pm

BS, i was thinking that 40mm was a good enough objective, clear enough for twilight shots and not bulky or requiring high rings.
3-9 scopes are versatile for almost any hunting I will be doing in the near future, so no need to get much more mags than that.
For some reason I like the Ballistic Plex of the Burris FF a lot, I will have to compare it to the Elite 4200 to find out which way to go.
Either way I know I will be happy
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scope choice!

Postby Big Squeeze on Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:20 pm

Novice Hunter!!!.....................Be careful with the ballistic plex recticle.....It is NOT an absolute guide for bullet path, but nevertheless still a guide!!!!!.............Before any hunt, I sight my 300 WSM in at 300 yards, not 200 or 100!!!! With a 300 yard zero and the help of my range finder, I can put my cross hairs on any game from say 50 yards out to 350 yards with little to no guess work and pull the trigger! Works every time!!!!...Anything beyond 350 yards, knowing my bullets trajectory, the ballistic plex reticle for me is,,,,in my brain and not needed in my optics!!!!.......The KISS principle does work!!!...However, if you prefer the ballistic plex, then go with that!!!.....................Big Squeeze!
Big Squeeze

Ballistic Plex

Postby novice hunter on Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:36 am

BS, I know the Plex it not an absolute guide, and bullet trajectories change depending on the bullet itself. The Burris has a "table" for correcting and using the Plex at diferent distances for the most common calibers and loads.
I KNOW I would have to use it and "verify" its accuracy at those distances to see how true the BP is. As you said it is only a guide, and if you know your gun and bullet, then no guess work or guide is needed.
I was thinking that because I am getting my feet wet in this, it may come as a help, more than an ultimate rule. The .270 is a pretty flat shooter for most of the ranges I plan to shoot at, so I dont think it would be a problem NOT to have a plex.
Still cant make it to the stores, so I stuck on hallucinations and expectation for now :twisted:
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Re: Scope for .270

Postby huntforlife on Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:58 pm

Just looked, for me the fact that the Bushnell elite has a "no questions asked waranty for one year" and VX3 has no questions for life makes it a pretty easy choice. Leopold is renowned for backing up their product.

Re: Scope for .270

Postby Trevor_B on Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:16 pm

Can't ever go wrong with a Leupold.
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Re: Scope for .270

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