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#1 Ragman

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 04:31 PM

I am new to this forum and have been reading about various scopes.

i just purchased a RAR Predator in 22-250 so I can get the 1:10 twist.

 

Apparently I am way out in left field in my hunt for a good scope or just too damn cheap.

I am looking for a good scope, that will do well on this gun in the 200 - 400 yard range for varmints.

My billfold clamps shut when I see scope prices that are tipple what I paid for the gun.

Most people I talk to seem to think the very expensive scopes are the only way.

At the very minimum, double the price of the gun for the most rudimentary entry level scope.

 

Sorry, this fat old guy just cannot, in good conscious, accept that.

 

What scopes would work for my set up with out having to take out the national debit?

I know many who read this have good suggestions.  Being new to this forum, I apparently have not found all the past articles.

Some brands I know are better, some have been bought out and changed so my previous experience no longer valid.

 

Thanks in advance for any positive suggestions,

 


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 07:23 PM

  Right now I think Vortex is an excellent value top quality scope.  They have replaced my Burris scopes.   I like my Nightforce, but that is my high end.



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 05:10 AM

I like my 6-24x50 Vortex scopes for varmints.



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:35 AM

On the lower price end but still a good to excellent scope is Simmons.  Check Sportsman Guide for prices, reviews and questions.  I have a very old Simmons Aztec on one of my rifles and it functions as well as my high end scopes.  


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 12:00 PM

Look at Nikon great glass average mechanics. I can't tell what you consider expensive but an inexpensive scope today is nearly as good or equal to scopes produced in the last 5 to 10 years. Optics are an area that continues to improve and prices reflect that. I've got a lot of Leupolds and have even bought broken ones and then send them back. Leupold has been great in repairing and replacing these scopes even knowing the background.

 

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 02:23 PM

Hi Ragman,

 

If you are a vet, you can get Vortex scopes at 40% off on Expertcity - https://www.experticity.com/

 

I can walk you through it.

 

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 04:04 PM

I have found quality, performance and very reasonable prices in Mueller scopes. I'll be sticking with them for the foreseeable future. 


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 06:35 PM

A Weaver V-16 (4-16) would be a good scope at those ranges for $300ish


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 02:20 PM

Red makes a good suggestion

 

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:39 AM

Thanks gentlemen,

This info will help.

I had been looking at a Leupold VX-2 Rifle Scope 4-12x 40mm on sale at Midway, but then got the link for Vets and 40% off.

Will be looking at that site today.

I guess I have opened myself up to a can of worms.

So many to choose from.


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 08:45 AM

A Weaver V-16 (4-16) would be a good scope at those ranges for $300ish

I have had one on my 22-250 for years, excellent advise.  


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:47 AM

I suppose one of the factors is the size of the varmints you will be shooting. For ground squirrels and prairie dogs I would go for a high magnification scope. If you are hunting coyotes and hogs, then a lower magnification will probably suffice. But if you do get a high magnification scope, you don't have to use it at the highest power all the time.

 

I like high magnification for small targets not only because I can see them better, but because I can detect my own movements better when making a precise shot.

 

I like first focal plane scopes but they are more expensive.


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 02:48 PM

You mentioned your age 1st, so I'm not sure a 4x12 will be enough at 400 yds.  I have a couple of the Leupold 4x12 "rifleman" series scopes, and they function fine at 200 yds for me (old fart with bad eyes), but have not had the opportunity to try longer yet.  The rifleman series glass is very clear at 200 yds for me.



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 08:04 PM

Gentlemen,

 

Thanks for all the help.

I finally settled on the Leupold.

https://www.leupold....ectedSku=120613

Once I get it mounted on my RAR Predator 22-250, will start my load development.

 

Time will tell


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 01:16 PM

Age dictates more magnification 

 

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