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I need help and input on buying a new scope for my 30-06 Ruger! I have a $1000 dollars to buy a scope that is going to allow me to shoot 200-400 yds in early morning low light.
I hunt in Kansas where your typical shot is across a wheatfield or down by a tree line.What do you reccommend and why?
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I'd get this one:
 
I like the ballistic reticle concept, and it's a Swaro. so it will do very well in low light.
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consider the 3-9 SS.  
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Yes.....good idea.....and you would have change back!! 
 
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The Super Sniper variable will definately work very well also I  have two of them.  If it's low light you may or may not want illumination or a large reticle and you have to decide between dialing in correction for trajectory and a balistic reticle.   So are you a hold over guy or a guy who wants to dial in correction?  If all you do is hold over then a Leupold FX3  fixed power 6x42 with balistic reticle may be all you need.  There are a lot of great values on Samplelist also.

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I do like the Balistic reticle.  Question: What advantage would I have or not have by going with a Swaro 4-12x50, or even 6-18x50?  I have never shot anything but a 3x9 redfield so I am very curious in the difference between these 3 ranges? thanks for your suggestions.
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I wouldn't go with a 12x or 18x scope on a rifle that you might want to hunt in a wooded/thick area with.  10X is more than enough magnification for the ranges you listed.

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Originally posted by swtucker swtucker wrote:

I wouldn't go with a 12x or 18x scope on a rifle that you might want to hunt in a wooded/thick area with.  10X is more than enough magnification for the ranges you listed.

 I agree.
 While there's nothing really wrong with having a high upper-end magnification available in your scope, you will never need it, seldome use it, and always have to carry the extra weight and bulk around with you. I would stick to a fixed power in the 6X to no more than 10X, or a variable in the 2.5-10 or 3-9 range. I'd also go with a heavy reticle or an illuminated one for your stated low-light work. I personally would not get a Mil-dot reticle that was not illuminated, to use to hunt low-light whitetails. 
 I don't think anyone's mentioned the fixed 7x56 Meopta, but that has great glass and a fairly decent price...
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I second the Swaro AV 3-10 X 42. I have an "older" one with the TDS reticle which I like a lot! 
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Thanks for all the great suggestions!
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Just an aside.  At the ranges you suggested, a 3-9x scope is more than what is needed, but provides the flexibility to extend if you need to.  The new SS is a great deal, provides you with more than what you need, looks good, and did I mention that it is a great deal.  Look at Koskin's report on it.  Cost + effectiveness = VALUE.  Too many people try to "over scope" and end up with something that does them more harm in the long run than good.  Don't fall prey to "scope-itis".  Try the new variable SS.  With the leftover funds you can get an outstanding mounting system and still have money left over.  
You'll thank me later...
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