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I'm new around here but have been scanning through alot of older posts for info. 

 

My question is what would be the better scope between the nikon buckmaster side focus 4.5X14 and the burris fulfield II.  The prices are close enough that it is not really a deciding factor.  This is the first time I will have spent much on a scope although it is not as much as many of you spend on optics.  I have always been an iron sight kind of guy since most of what I hunt with is lever action within 150yards. 

 

this scope will be going on a winchester model 70 in 300 win mag. made in 1973.  I don't want to spend more than what these two scopes run.  A friend of mine has a nikon scope like the one above and loves it so he is steering me twards it but I know the burris is a good scope also.

 

I am using this scope for hunting and not much at the range exept to sight in and practice.  At times I don't think I need this much magnification and a 3x9 in the same models above would work fine.  I don't hunt at what most people call long distance but I am in texas where some shots on ranch land can be far.  My window I feel comfortable with right now is about 300 yards, with practice that may be extended but I have not shot this rifle much yet.

 

Thanks ahead of time, hope I am clear is what I am looking for

 

Mikep       

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    The burris FFII would be opticaly superior to the buckmaster, however if it was me I would get the buckmaster, because an adjustable obj is that much more inconvienient than a side focus. Keep in mind that if you are shooting at that range you don't necessarily need a parallax adjustable scope.

    you should start looking at scopes lowest magnification available as well, in the feild you will thank yourself later. for shooting at the range you described you should look for something with 10x or less. I.E. 2.5-10.
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I am sure one of the 3-9X would work just fine for you. I have a Burris Fullfield II Ballistic Plex in 3-9X on a Model 70 Super Shadow in .270WSM and it works fine. I ordered a Nikon Buckmasters 4.5-14X SF to replace it, but the rifle shoots so well with the Burris, I was afraid to change it. So I had to buy a new Stevens 200 in .243 Winchester to mount the Buckmasters on. Probably was a good move, as I use the .243 more for long range rockchucks and coyotes at ranges over 300 yards. The 14X is nice. I am sure either scope would work fine, a friend of my son's brought out his Ruger in .338 Win Mag to the range a few weeks ago with a 3-9X Buckmasters mounted on it. It seemed to be the equal of my Burris, at least on a bright sunny day and didn't seem to have any issues with the .338 recoil with factory 200 gr loads. Still, for hunting out to 300 yards, a 3-9X scope offers plenty of magnification for medium/large game, and they are notably less expensive than the higher magnification scopes. Your choice, I don't think either one would be bad, at either magnification.
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I've owned both the FF II and the new line of Buckmasters (w/side focus) and both will do very good for your intended application(s).  I differ from others here when I comes to magnification range in that I LIKE having the ability to adjust to powers higher than 9x.  Granted, I rarely shoot at the higher powers but it is nice to have if you need to verify your target (button buck vs. doe, for example) or do occasionally have a long range shot.

With regard to your two choices, I think I'd go with the FF II but the Buckmasters is no slouch.  You really can't go wrong with either one...

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Both are good scopes.  I'd go with a Fullfield II personally.  As for AO vs side focus.  It does not make a whole lot of difference to me when both are executed well.  That having been said, AO is, I think, simpler mechanically than sidefocus, so on inexpensive scopes I tend to prefer AO, while on more expensive ones I do not think it makes any difference.

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I think I would rather have the Nikon if it had BDC reticle but if the Burris had a balistic plex and the Nikon was only a duplex I'd go with the Burris. The reticle having hold over marks makes a huge difference. I like Nikons adjustment knobs better also.
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