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Rifle scope for older eyes?
« on: October 25, 2022, 09:27:58 AM »
  I recently acquired a new hunting area where shots to 350 Yds are possible but the 250-300 range is most likely. I have numerous guns with scopes and the best gun I have for that distance is the Remington 700 BDL in 30;06 that I bought in the late 60s. It has a 3-9 Leopold Vari x 2 that was probably bought in the 70s, although it still looks reasonable it's not as crisp as the newer Burris 2-7 that's on my Marlin 44 mag. When Googling scopes I see brands I never heard of, I'm thinking I may want to get a 4-12 or higher for sitting at that spot and if I need to track through the woods I'll grab a smaller lighter gun out of the truck. What do you all think?  
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Re: Rifle scope for older eyes?
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2022, 10:21:49 AM »
Leupold would be my choice.  Redfield used to be owned by Leupold and those were good quality.  Leupold sold Redfield  to Academy Sports apparently.  I dont know how the quality has held up. 

Since Nikon quit making scopes they are off the table. 

I dont have much experience with Burris, Vortex or Barska scopes.  They are highly rated but Ive never owned any of those makes. 

When I quit buying Bushnell and Tasco scopes I bought Leupold and Redfield.  My local shop carries Leupold and Redfield. 

As far as optics a 4-12x42 or 4-12x50 would be good out to 300 yards easy. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2022, 12:24:40 PM »
There's a lot of good glass to choose from anymore. Vortex gets high marks for value, but Chinese made. Their warranty and customer service are top notch though. I have a pair of Vortex binoculars, for around $200 iirc they are excellent. 

I always give Leupold a look. Honestly, I haven't bought a rifle scope in over 20 years so I'm not really up on where it's at now. My wife and I have a pair of Remington 700 Mountain Rifles, her's has a Leupold 3x9 and mine I can't remember. Leupold was having some QC issues at the time and my buddy at the gun store refused to sell me one. He gave me a good deal on this scope, it was the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation scope is all I remember🤷‍♂️ 3x10, there's been a lot of game taken with that rifle out to 400 yards. Gonna have to go look in the gun cabinet now😊
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2022, 12:57:19 PM »
As mentioned are good choices. Now if you want the absolute best then it would be Schmidt & Bender, Zeiss, Swarovski and Leica are top of the line.

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Re: Rifle scope for older eyes?
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2022, 03:08:44 PM »
You get what you pay for.  Athlon and Element Optics make very good, affordable glass. The $1,200 Athlon Eres ETR has been compared very closely with Night Force scopes costing three times as much. Element makes some amazing $400 scopes with more practical magnification ranges. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2022, 07:19:58 PM »
Nearly all of the scopes mentioned come in several price ranges and I will eventually go and look at some. I haven't bought a scope in many years and the reason I have a newer Burris is because I sent an old one in and they replaced it no questions no cost, I killed the old one on a 12 gauge slug gun that I will never shoot again! I enjoy looking since I don't need it right away and honestly could just do without but that's no fun.
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Re: Rifle scope for older eyes?
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2022, 08:53:12 PM »
I recently bought a Ruger American Rifle in 6.5 Grendel and topped it with a Vortex 4X12X44 scope.

Very clear, most of my other optics are Nikon, Burris and Leupold in 3X9X40 
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2022, 09:14:15 PM »
Have heard that Vortex is the top of the line.
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2022, 09:42:21 PM »
I'm on the email list for EuroOptic.  Nothing but quality at this place.  Occasionally they have a good buy on one of the high end scopes.  It's a cool place to browse.
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Anymore I think their are lots of good quality scopes at reasonable prices on the market.  Years past, I won lots of smallbore matches with cheap 24X Tasco scopes.  Of course if your going on a African safari you might want to step up a notch or two.
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