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I saw the one for 2009, but I haven't seen one for 2010...

Best scopes in the dollar range, etc...
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Better hurry, 'cause there's less than a month to go and those 2010 model scopes will be worthless. Big Smile

I don't know exactly why there isn't one for 2010, but one reason I can think of not to do one is just that there's no one-size-fits all scope specification, i.e. specific magnification ranges, objective sizes, weight and length, that would really make it worth doing. In other words, are there several scopes in the 2/3-8/10 range with objectives in the 40/43 mm range at different price points that are worth comparing?

Factor in price and application. I might, for example, think that a Leupold FX-II 4X scope is a great scope for the price if all I ever do is shoot at game between 10-300 yards with a max. PBR zero.
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The chief editor from consumerpla.net told me they are coming up with a global 2010 scope rating review this coming week.
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I'm a simple guy...definitely not in the complicated 1st focal/2nd focal plane kinda guy...I am reasonably intelligent and can follow along, but sometimes not so sure that all the "glee" over this one or that one is a whole lot of difference. Sometimes wonder how a Chinese made scope can get a better review than an American made Burris, etc...it's a shame they don't have a computer that calibrates how much low light, crispness, etc...that each scope has.  From what I've read, that changes from eye to eye, however, in the grand scheme of things...I would like to see how they rank before I look through them.  I know that after reading all the posts on the Team Primos, I went out and looked through one, liked it and bought it...but today, I would rather sell it and buy a Zeiss Conquest and a Burris Signature Select 3-12x44 (one to replace on the Savage and another for an Icon for my son).  In hindsight, I was $150 away from a lot better glass in low light...daylight, it is crisp and clear, but is also short tubed and is not welcome on my Savage after this season.

If I could do a list, I would look at breaking it down like this:

Absolute best all around for hunting (paper punchers tend to be in the 6-20 mag range while most hunters are in the 2-3x40 area); best value for your $.

Up to $100 - low light gathering...clarity...bright light crispness...glare...reticle...durability
$100 - $200
$200 - $300
$300 - $400
$400 - $500
so forth and so on.

I do believe once you get to the $1200 range, it gets magical, night appears as if it were daylight...however, I've never looked through one and unless I win the lottery, don't think I ever will (don't want to know what I'm missing).
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I'd group them this way:

Up to $100 - dust gathering, lack of worth compared to iron sights
$100-200 - a few gems for modest operational requirements or a loaner gun
$200-$800 - lots of decent choices, but depends on operational requirements
$800-$4500 - little magic (diminishing returns), but increased performance and durability

What good would it do me to know that a $2000 Swaro has great glass when it doesn't have target turrets? What good would it do a varmint hunter to have to look through my 2.5-10 or my fixed 4X? Point being, there are so many different applications that it's almost impossible to lump optics into price ranges.
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i think the whole point of the original list was to stop the comparing questions about glass quality, not everyone can look through every scope but it can offer a generally accepted guideline.  once you know where what goes where, you can start eliminating choices based on whatever application you need.
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I do not have a an exhaustive list of where each scope fits, but I did put together some recommendations a while back.  I will likely update it in early 2011, but for the time being, I think it still holds.  Keep in mind, that these are strictly a reflection of my personal opinion, so there is noone else to blame:

ILya
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ILya...now that's a list...thank you.


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