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The title says a lot of it, and I apologize because I know "which scope should I buy?" threads are as common as dust...but which scope should I buy?

The rifle is a hunting, not bench gun with a 26" barrel built on a commercial Mauser action. There's the very real possibility of a 400 yard shot on the farm where I hunt, so I wouldn't mind magnification above the typical 9X top end. Because it's a hunting rifle I wouldn't mind if it were reasonably light as well.

If you had $500 to spend what scope would you put on top of a 257 Weatherby?
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New Elite 3500 4-12x40 might suit you.  Pretty light too at 13 oz.
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You can't go wrong with the leupold 3.5-10x40 VX3, with or without a CDS dial.  They are sleek, lightweight, have great glass, and the CDS works well. 
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How short a shot is also a real possibility?
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Probably 50 yards.
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What type of game are you hunting?
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4x is low enough if they really won't make it inside 50 yards. Is low light use a concern? How do you feel about illuminated or thick reticles? How are you going to handle windage and elevation past 250 yards? I kinda dig Weaver's reticle, but it's a little thin for extreme low light.
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How about the Vortex Viper 6.5-20x44 (30mm tube)? I hear good things about Vortex.
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Originally posted by Sparky Sparky wrote:

What type of game are you hunting?


Whitetail
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That is a decent scope, but 6.5x is a lot on the low side for a hunting scope IMO.  I owned that scope for a while, but I had it on a varmint rifle so I didn't have many close in shots. 

But that being said, a lot of people hunt with fixed 6x scopes and like it.  So it is doable, just not my preference
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Meopta 3-9 would be good. You can also find Vx 3 CDS 4.5-14x40 for 449 with a free leathernecks rebate and have swfa price match...
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Meopta 3-9 would be good. You can also find Vx 3 CDS 4.5-14x40 for 449 with a free leatherman rebate and have swfa price match...
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Originally posted by JLud JLud wrote:

Meopta 3-9 would be good. You can also find Vx 3 CDS 4.5-14x40 for 449 with a free leatherman rebate and have swfa price match...

Your Google-fu must be better than mine if you can find this scope for $449.
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The VX3 4.5-14x would be pretty darn good with a heavy duplex. If you looking for a deal, price matching on a 3-15x Weaver can't be beat right now. I'm considering picking up another Super Slam and I don't even need it.
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Super slams are very nice for he money as well as pointed out. You can find that vx3 for 449 I just double checked. Side focus model for 100 more.
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I might sound like a homer, but I would recommend the SWFA SS 3-9x42.  Great glass, first focal plane, etc.  It's $599, but for the money, the glass, the features, and the reliability trump all.  I have an older Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14 on my 300 Win Mag, but I'm seriously considering swapping it out with the SS 3-9 that I have on my CZ 527.  The glass is just better, and I'll be able to shoot better at 300 - 500 with the SS on the 300 than the Zeiss.  Don't get me wrong - I love the conquest - but for longer range, the FFP reticle and turrets control.  

Sounds like a neat rig.  I hope it's a shooter for you.
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I went with the Leopold 4.5-14 because I found it at a great price.

I'm still thinking about picking up one of the Vortex Vipers because they are on sale as well.
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Originally posted by DCAMM94 DCAMM94 wrote:

Sounds like a neat rig.  I hope it's a shooter for you.

Tested good out to 349 yards so far. It's sighted 3" high at 100 yards and I held dead on on a big whitetail doe at 349 layered yards and put it right through her heart.

Oh, and I did end up ordering the Vortex as well. Guess I need to pick up another rifle to put it on now :)
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In season?

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Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

In season?

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Yes, this was two years ago. I was referring to the rifle, not the rifle + the new scope. It hasn't even shipped yet.

Slightly off-topic: in the post above I typed "lazered" but autocorrect changed it to layered. This is the only forum I participate in that won't allow the user to edit a post after the fact.
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Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

After 50 posts you can edit.
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Just as an FYI: I bought the Vortex but immediately returned it as soon as I opened the box. Not made in Japan as I was told before ordering, but made in the Philippines. No thanks--I have yet to own a scope from there that didn't have either optical or mechanical problems within a year.
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I think you made a mistake returning the Vortex Viper!  I have 4 and all are spot on, clear and crisp with excellent turrets.

The Philippines produce excellent scopes when QCed properly!  Japan has been shifting production there themselves for a few years now.  It' the 'made in China'; ones you need to be concerned with!
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