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i know this has been done to death.but scopes and prices change.right now what would be the best 3x9x40 scope for deer hunting around $200?this is for a young hunter who has a new rifle with $200 left. i kind of like the burris fullfield 2 .what do ya'll think?Howdy
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For the money the Nikon Prostaff 3-9-40 is probably the best you will do. I like Burris a lot but with the customer response I've got on these scopes I have to recommend them. They are amazingly clear and in that price range above average in low light and with the new turret design really hard to beat. I like the 3-9-50 better but they sell out as soon as they get any in. Also for a younger hunter be sure and get the nikoplex instead of the BDC. Much simpler to use imo.
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I would look at these. http://www.samplelist.com/Nitrex-3-9x42-TR-One-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P61968.aspx

The Nitrex brand was a failed marketing idea for Weaver. It is my understanding that these scopes are the same as the Weaver Classic series which I have found to be a good dependable scope with good glass. The price definitely falls within your range.
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stay away from nikon those scopes have the worst flare ive ever seen. the prostaff series that is
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I have three of the Burris FF II 3 - 9x 40mm scopes I like.  Two are permanent on user rifles and the third gets used as a first scope on new acquisitions, as a backup and sometimes loaner.  Optics are good in all three and I have had no problems with any of them.  They are good durable scopes for the money and it appears Burris keeps tight reigns on quality control in the Philippine factory where these are made.
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i have a couple of burris FF2s and a euro 30  --they have all been great scopes--"keepers"

i also have a couple vortex diamondbacks and vipers.

to me the diamond backs have a little better glass than the FF2s -- it might just be their newere than the FF2s.

i have heard good things about the nitrex line --never owned one.


if it was me i would probably pick the diamondback over the FF2 --though their ain't no real  losers between the two. price would come into play --a $150 FF2 might top a $199 diamondback or the other way around. either is great and even better if you get a good deal on the price.

though if it really was me i would cough up another $100 and get the vortex viper --LOL!

for the money the FF2s and the vortexes are tough to beat.
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hands down -
http://swfa.com/Vortex-3-9x40-Diamondback-Rifle-Scope-P11237.aspx
Vortex 3-9x40 Diamondback Rifle Scope Dead-Hold BDC Vortex 3-9x40 Diamondback Rifle Scope
Stock # - DBK01BDC
  • Matte
  • Dead-Hold BDC
  • 1"
$199.95 
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

hands down -
http://swfa.com/Vortex-3-9x40-Diamondback-Rifle-Scope-P11237.aspx
Vortex 3-9x40 Diamondback Rifle Scope Dead-Hold BDC Vortex 3-9x40 Diamondback Rifle Scope
Stock # - DBK01BDC
  • Matte
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  • 1"
$199.95 
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I second this suggestion. I just purchased this scope for my mini 14 and am very happy with it. I also have a full field II but would choose this over it.
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I would suggest 2:

1. The vortex Diamond back suggested earlier.  Even though I've only used Vortex red dots and magnifiers, I have been so impressed with the quality/price/service combination that I've decided that for value optics, they are the best out there.  If you have a problem with your optic, they take care of it, period, for life, no receipt required.

2. Redfield Revolution.  I  own two of the 3-9x40's.  Well, I bought them, I gave them to my two sons on their Weatherby .270's that I bought them for Christmas about 3 years ago.  We zeroed them at 100 yds that winter and haven't had to make an adjustment since. I also purchased the 4-12x40 for my 30.06 and same story, plus I love the accu-range reticle.  They have one on the Samplelist.com for $199: http://www.samplelist.com/Redfield-4-12x40-Revolution-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P66619.aspx
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thanks for the replies .is the nikon monarch a whole lot better then the vortex diamondback.
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Originally posted by cowski cowski wrote:

thanks for the replies .is the nikon monarch a whole lot better then the vortex diamondback.


humm --been w while since a peered through a monarch -- i would guess that the later monarch 3s  are probably better than a diamondback .

they cost a lot more than a diamondback , hell they cost more than some  vipers!

a better question would be does a monarch 3 out scope a  $299 vortex viper?


it seems like there was a  review of a bunch of middle-priced scopes a while back that had a bunch of popular 3-9x 40s in it.










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I would hunt through a bunch of gunstores to find an old 1-4 or 4 power used Leupold.
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I have three of these and I like them a lot but they are a bit more than the $200 you mentioned.

http://swfa.com/Bushnell-3-9x40-Elite-Rifle-Scope-P48262.aspx

I just mounted a Vortex Diamondback on my nephew's 270 and the glass is very impressive, scope and turrets seem rock solid and you get the vortex guarantee. Amazing for the money. The sole issue I have with the diamondback is that, to me, at higher magnifications the eyebox seems to be a bit sensitive to eye positioning and the eye relief seems to shorten up to shorter than the 3.3" that they publish. However, I have not read that from others so it could just be me. By the way, the Bushnell I mentioned doesn't have the longest eye relief either so keep that in mind if you'll be mounting it on a heavy recoiling rifle.
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I too recommend you try to find a Nitrex TR1 scope. Just goggle Nitrex TR1 forsale and you should find a few available for around less than 1/2 what they used to sell for. Recall their discounted price was around $130. Weaver handles the warranty on them. Own a couple of the Nitrex scopes myself and they are very nice. Made in Japan by LOW, who makes the higher end Bushnell, Weaver, Sightron and other brand scopes.
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Like the last poster said, the Bushnell Elite is a bit more than the 200.00 level.  With that said, even if I had a budget up to 500.00, I would buy an elite.  I think it is the best scope for the money in this category.

I own a Vortex Viper that is not as good as the Elite in terms of resolution or light transmission.  You mentioned the Diamondback, which is a step down from the Viper.

I think many people shy away from the Bushnell name, but again, I think it beats the snot out of anything under 500.00 and costs less than 300.00.
 
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Originally posted by Brad4213 Brad4213 wrote:

Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

hands down -
http://swfa.com/Vortex-3-9x40-Diamondback-Rifle-Scope-P11237.aspx
Vortex 3-9x40 Diamondback Rifle Scope Dead-Hold BDC Vortex 3-9x40 Diamondback Rifle Scope
Stock # - DBK01BDC
  • Matte
  • Dead-Hold BDC
  • 1"
$199.95 
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I second this suggestion. I just purchased this scope for my mini 14 and am very happy with it. I also have a full field II but would choose this over it.


I also agree wholeheartedly, as I also have a Burris Fullfield II. However, I would suggest the standard plex reticle over the BDC for the Diamondback. The standard plex is a bit heavier, and the thick portions of the crosshairs come closer together making the reticle more useful in low light situations.
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