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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3317224
01/08/21 04:52 PM
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I’ll say if I were gonna go cheap, I’d get a good used Nikon, for 125-175.00.
They still made decent scopes. I like used leupold’s myself, but I wouldn’t classify them as cheap. I could take 6-700.00 and buy a dang good used deer killing set up. How about no cheap rings and bases?

Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3317225
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I remember the good ol days of chasing my tail with a 7400, see through rings, and a world class. I wasted a lot of shells!

Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3317279
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I have a Simmons Pro 50. Been camoed . glass is clear. FREE ! if it will help you out

Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3320403
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I've had good luck with the Athlon scopes. The Neos line is the cheapest. I have owned 3 or 4 with no issues.


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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: James] #3320567
01/11/21 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by James
Originally Posted by Thread Killer
Originally Posted by CarbonClimber1
Originally Posted by Big Bore
OMG!!!!! Please don’t buy cheap glass!!!!! Life is much to short for cheap glass!!!

Why....? They make great stuff in his price range..a good bit has already been listed...payin more than $500 for a rifle scope is retarded if your killin deer.


I’ll double down and say more than $250 is retarted or just dick measurements.

Soooo you're one of those that'll pay good money for a rifle, only to top it with a cheap piece of glass? I'd rather have $250 dollar rifle, topped with a high end scope, than a nice rifle with a cracker jack scope. But hey, that's just me 😉


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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3320765
01/11/21 10:28 PM
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If all you can afford is a $200 scope, it would be really hard to beat a Redfield Revolution. Made in the USA by Leupold.

If you can afford more, your options increase. We do spend more, but all we do is hunt. My wife and I don't own a boat any more, don't go to Disney, to the beach, or on cruises, and we rarely eat out.

We do have some great optics, and enjoy our out of state hunting trips. Those put great meat on the table.

Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3320834
01/12/21 12:35 AM
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I’ll double down and say more than $250 is retarted or just dick measurements.


There is a point of diminishing returns with scopes but that cut off isn't at 250 dollars. For that price you can get a scope that will hold zero and maybe won't fog up on you. But you are not going to get good low light performance from a scope in that price range. Trust me I am no elitist scope snob. If there was a 250 dollar scope that was as good as any of the more expensive scopes out there I'd have one on every rifle I own and be damned glad to save the money. Back in my younger broke days I had scopes like Nikon Prostaffs and Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn. Sorry but they cannot hang with the Zeiss, Swarovski, and upper end Leupolds I use now.


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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: Todd1700] #3320868
01/12/21 05:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Todd1700
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I’ll double down and say more than $250 is retarted or just dick measurements.


There is a point of diminishing returns with scopes but that cut off isn't at 250 dollars. For that price you can get a scope that will hold zero and maybe won't fog up on you. But you are not going to get good low light performance from a scope in that price range. Trust me I am no elitist scope snob. If there was a 250 dollar scope that was as good as any of the more expensive scopes out there I'd have one on every rifle I own and be damned glad to save the money. Back in my younger broke days I had scopes like Nikon Prostaffs and Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn. Sorry but they cannot hang with the Zeiss, Swarovski, and upper end Leupolds I use now.

I’m a cheap bastage and the most expensive scopes I have are my Nikon manarchs. I have buckmasters and prostaffs also. I also have a bushnell elite 3200, banner dusk to dawn, and a vortex diamondback. I killed the 2 bucks this season with a pro staff and the dusk to dawn. Not deer were on cloudy afternoons and within a minute or 2 of the end of “legal” shooting time. The 10pt I killed was with my AR 7.62x39 with the dusk to dawn scope. I could barely see movement with my eyes but could see him plenty good enough to tell he was a really good buck at a little over 100yds. I said all that to say that my cheats scopes will let me see deer later then I could “legally” shoot one. You know if the time on my watch was wrong by 10 mins or so.


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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3321489
01/12/21 04:44 PM
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I've used mueller, nikon and bushnell low end stuff that works great. Way better than the best there was 20 years ago.


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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3321547
01/12/21 06:16 PM
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Geno. Sorry man but Zeiss, Swarovski, Kahles, Leica, and schmidt and bender were all here 20 years ago and none of those scopes, not even in the most expensive model today can even touch what these scopes were 20 years ago.


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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3321572
01/12/21 06:38 PM
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I paid around $275 for a Meopta Optika5 2-10x42 and I think it’s fantastic for the price. Got it from sport optics in Louisiana.

Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3321582
01/12/21 06:50 PM
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There are main measures of quality (actually, lots more,but 2 "main") First, there is the sharpness, return to zero, optical clarity, lack of distortion at the edges, low light/coatings, etc. There, modern Asian grinding and coating certainly is far ahead of premium European quality from a couple of decades ago.
But.......then there is the hundreds of rounds fired, miles traveled, guns dropped, guns moved from freezing to indoors thousands of times, hunted in mist, fog, rain, etc, etc. For that, I'll take my 20 yo Leupold or Zeiss, not to mention Swaro, all day long. I'm legally blind without glasses, and I'm well aware that all that extra glass makes me lose sight quickly at dust, but I'll take the older glass over modern cost cutting construction techniques, thank you. I bet you CAN see better than me through a $250 scope. I bet you won't be carrying it in 20 years, either.

Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3321605
01/12/21 07:18 PM
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Dvor has Burris Fullfield E1 3-9x40 on sale for less than $150. Excellent scope and not made in China.

Much much much better than any cheap ($100) Chinese scope.


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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3321623
01/12/21 07:44 PM
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I hav pretty quality scopes on my guns - but if u want cheap - i had a buddy that had a world class tasco that was decent

I would go with something nicer - meopta makes great scope for $$ - but if u want to go cheap 3x9x50 world class tasco you can get for $75 😀 and it will work


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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3322000
01/13/21 09:45 AM
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I can afford a quality scope but don’t want to go that route. The rifle is more or less a loaner and I don’t care to spend more money than needed for a scope on it. The main purpose of having this rifle and for a kid that doesn’t have their own when they come to the hunting club.

Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3322019
01/13/21 10:04 AM
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Vortex Crossfire II would be a good option too...I've killed a lot of deer with one that would now be well past legal shooting light after the rule change.


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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3322292
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Explaining it that way doghouse - I understand where u coming from and don’t blame u - I prob do same w a loaner


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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3322972
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There’s always a bunch of used scopes for sale over on the Campfire website. Go there and buy a good one at a used price.


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Re: Cheap scopes [Re: Claims Rep.] #3323137
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Originally Posted by Claims Rep.
There’s always a bunch of used scopes for sale over on the Campfire website. Go there and buy a good one at a used price.


Yea, they don’t come around here very much.

Re: Cheap scopes [Re: doghouse] #3323516
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My son killed a bunch of deer with a 3x9x50 banner dusk till dawn on his rifle. I gave it to a fellow on here. Now his daughter is killing deer with it. They are well worth what you pay for them

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