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NEW TO SHOOTING. WILL BE USING SAVAGE IN 243.CAL. WILL BE USED FOR HUNTING AND PAPER PUNCHING. ANYWHERE FROM 50 TO 300 YARDS. WOULD LIKE TO STAY UNDER $400. I HAVE BEEN EYEBALLING SWFA SS BUT DON'T KNOW ABOUT A FIXED SCOPE FOR 300YARD MARK. HOW HARD WILL IT BE TO SEE SHOT PLACEMENT WOULD I NEED A SPOTTING SCOPE? WHAT DO YOU THINK SWFA SS ARE GOOD OUT TO REALISTIC 300, 400, 600 YARDS FOR PUNCHING PAPER IF I EVER WANTED TO GET INTO THE LONG RANGE GAME. THANKS
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Welcome to the forum, Since you are wanting a scope for both hunting and target shooting I would probably look to some sort of variable with a bottom no larger than about 4x. In a fixed scope I would go no larger than a 6x if I wanted to hunt with it. I really have no experience with the SS and have actually never seen one in the flesh so to speak. I understand that they are pretty well thought of and there is 3-9 variable on the sample list but it is a bit higher than your budget. From your description I would probably look to a 3-9, or something in the 3-12 or 4-16 variable range as an acceptable compromise on weight and power. Actually for your budget there are a coupe of minox 3-15 on the sample list that might be interesting and should do what you are wanting. I believe that Koskin reviewed the Minox on "Optics Thoughts" and gave then pretty good reviews. Other good choices would be a Ziess Conquest 3-9 at $399, or any of the other major suppliers such as nikon, Burris Sightron and Leupold which al have competitive scopes in the $400 range. There is also a nice pentax 4.5-14x42 on the sample list that is a nice scope for $179 that could save you a few $$. I mention it as I traded it in because it was a bit too large/heavy for my purpose but it is a very nice scope and in almost new condition.

Edited by powderburn - July/06/2011 at 13:47
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Welcome Rooster! I'd definitely look at a multi-purpose scope for now. A good 3-9 X 40 or similar would be my suggestion. Check out Zeiss Conquest, Sightron Big Sky, Meopta Meopro, Minox Z3, Leupold VX3, etc. Scope out (pun intended) the Sample List here for great deals.
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