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    Posted: May/12/2016 at 16:10
Hello everyone I am new here and I came here looking for some help I am looking for a scope to put on my 308 and I am looking to put a scope on it and here is what I am working with. The max shots are going to be 500 yards and I am not looking for a tack driver I am looking to be able to blow up a groundhog at that distance, also I am looking for something under $200 and don't try to convince me to spend more because I can't and don't want to because I am only going to shooting this gun probably less than 75 shots a year. I was looking at the Bushnell banner or the Bushnell custom in 6-18x50 if anyone has any inputs on these two or any others that would be great. Thank you.
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Welcome to Optics Talk. 

Respectfully, at 500 yards, a $200 scope, ( or under) is going to be awash with mirage and distortions, due largely to the glass that $200 scopes are subject too. It makes for an unpleasant shooting experience, IMHO. For $300, you can get into a fixed power SS and increase your experience all the way around. 

But, that's my take. I'm sure The Hive can steer you the best scope in your price range. Good luck and good shooting, Friend.         


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New Weaver K6.
A used Leupold Vari-X II or Vari-III 3-9x40 maybe.

Kind of interesting you don't feel you need a tack driver, but will be hitting a 4" wide target at 500 yards with a couple boxes of ammo for practice. Not saying you can't, just not easy. Would probly suggest starting on pictures of groundhogs at that distance before taking a shot at a living animal.
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For reference, thats what 500 yards looks like through $200. I wouldn't say the mirage is all that terrible, but I don't think I could hit hedgehog.
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500 yards on a groundhog isn't exactly an easy target, especially if you only plan to practice and hunt with a total of 75 rounds a year. Save a little more money and put a few hundred into your optics. Also plan on some range time shooting at a groundhog sized target at 500 yards. It's enjoyable and useful as well. Even though its a varmint it deserves a quick death rather than wounding it and letting the animal crawl into its hole and die a slow death. JMHO 
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Concur completely. Good post. 
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I understand your stance on not wanting to put a bunch of money into a scope that is only going see minimal use but think about this. You may have a rifle that is a tack-driving, lights out, heck-of-a-rig but when you top it with a scope that isn't designed to perform at the same level, you just cut that rifle's capabilities down to the level the scope is on. So the extra money spent on getting the best rifle possible is, in my opinion, thrown right out the window.

Are you going to look back on the purchase of your scope when it doesn't perform as you want it to and say, "Man, I am glad I saved a couple hundred bucks on this baby!"? 

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welcome to the board, try something from nightforce. but they are often extensive though
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I'd get something with a custom dial. I have a Nikon monarch on my 270 4-16x50 and it has a bdc reticle. Once you dial in ammo all you have to do is range your target And adjust magnification to which bubble you want. In theory any ways. If you watch you can find them on sale.

You will spend the better part of 100 bucks just getting good rings and bases unless you get a dnz. That's what my 700 tac has, minox 3-15x42 scope. I don't like looking through it or my Nikon over about 12 or 13x.
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( I have never seen a woodchuck 500 yards away....there was always a mountain or something in the way....)    







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Look for a Nikon Buckmasters 4-12x40.  It will do what you want for under $140. IMO it has better glass than the Bushnelll in your price range.

Originally posted by comets113 comets113 wrote:

Hello everyone I am new here and I came here looking for some help I am looking for a scope to put on my 308 and I am looking to put a scope on it and here is what I am working with. The max shots are going to be 500 yards and I am not looking for a tack driver I am looking to be able to blow up a groundhog at that distance, also I am looking for something under $200 and don't try to convince me to spend more because I can't and don't want to because I am only going to shooting this gun probably less than 75 shots a year. I was looking at the Bushnell banner or the Bushnell custom in 6-18x50 if anyone has any inputs on these two or any others that would be great. Thank you.
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