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Alright, I just picked up a sporterized Mauser 98 in 30-06, and need some advise on scoping it.  It's not what I would call a nice rifle, I didn't pay a lot for it, and I probably won't even use it very often.  I just always wanted an older '06.  I don't want to spend more than about $200 on a scope, and I was kind of thinking about getting a fixed power to keep with the "classic" theme.  So, what's everyone think of a Leupold 4x or 6x M8?  That's what I'll probably go with, unless someone points me to a screaming deal like the Weaver Grand Slam 4.75x that used to be $140 at one of the competitors.  I really wish I would've found that sooner....  Thanks in advance.
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We pretty much just had this discussion on another topic.  It should answer your questions.
http://opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=9577
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Yeah, that thread was helpful, but I was really just hoping someone knew of a rediculously good deal going on at the moment...
 
I was also hoping to get some insight on the Leupold M8.  Even one with a few years on it should still be waterproof, sturdy, and have good optical quality; right?
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Howdy Jason Miller----------Well, yes,...........if you don't compare it to a thirty year old Weaver (which will kick its butt.)
Go on e-bay and go crazy!! For way less than $200 you could get a UNERTL 4X scope for that M98 and Unertl will BLOW AWAY the Leupold AND the Weaver--and just about anybody else from the old days!!! And it will look great on a period rifle!!
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The Nikon 3-9x40 Team Primos is supposed to be last years 3-9x40 Monarch. For $199 it is a steal. The optics are clear and bright and it can be mounted low on most guns. I have compared it side by side with 3-9x40 Bushnell 4200 and it is, optically, a draw.
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

The Nikon 3-9x40 Team Primos is supposed to be last years 3-9x40 Monarch. For $199 it is a steal. The optics are clear and bright and it can be mounted low on most guns. I have compared it side by side with 3-9x40 Bushnell 4200 and it is, optically, a draw.
 
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Hard to beat the Primos deal.
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Oh, yeah, ...duh....I forgot about that Nikon Team Primos!!! Bucky   ( But the old scopes are FUN, too!!) Wink     --Ed
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Primos for sure(own it and love it)
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I've got one of last year's Monarch scopes already, and I like it, but I was wondering how other scopes stack up.  Also, is the BDC reticle worth it?  I've got that reticle in my current Monarch, but haven't used it yet.  At the time I figured it would be worth getting since the price was the same, but now that I have it I'm thinking it might just be a distraction.  If I get another I'm not sure I'll get the BDC...
 
How are the Weaver V series?  They can be had for a pretty good deal right now.
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Originally posted by jason miller jason miller wrote:

Also, is the BDC reticle worth it?  I've got that reticle in my current Monarch, but haven't used it yet.  At the time I figured it would be worth getting since the price was the same, but now that I have it I'm thinking it might just be a distraction.  If I get another I'm not sure I'll get the BDC...
 
After some very informal "testing" using the BDC reticle, I've come to believe that IF your shooting big game at extended ranges using a  laser range finder then yes, the BDC "may" be worth it to you.
 
If the answer is "no" and your typically shooting big game at 100 yards or so, then the BDC reticle probably isn't required. 
I think it would still work OK though.
It really just depends on where, how and what you plan on hunting.
 
The BDC reticle's real appeal to me is more for varmints, predators and LR big game hunting.
The Primos Monarch is such a good deal because it's the last of the old Monarchs at a VERY good price, irregardless of the reticle.          


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Hey, Cheaptrick, does that mean that the Primos is just kind of a "clean-up" of old stock and will soon be gone? Yikes      --Ed
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Originally posted by Ed Connelly Ed Connelly wrote:

Hey, Cheaptrick, does that mean that the Primos is just kind of a "clean-up" of old stock and will soon be gone? Yikes      --Ed
 
Yeah and no.
The Primos deal was just a promotion with Primos game calls and Nikon. Still an "old style" 3-9x Monarch though.
 
The old Monarch, like the Primos package, was updated this year to the "new Monarch".
Glass is still the same UCC with the old and the new. But, once their gone, their gone. A LOT of scope for $200 I'd say.   
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Originally posted by jason miller jason miller wrote:

I've got one of last year's Monarch scopes already, and I like it, but I was wondering how other scopes stack up.  Also, is the BDC reticle worth it?  I've got that reticle in my current Monarch, but haven't used it yet.  At the time I figured it would be worth getting since the price was the same, but now that I have it I'm thinking it might just be a distraction.  If I get another I'm not sure I'll get the BDC...
 
How are the Weaver V series?  They can be had for a pretty good deal right now.
 
I was thinking about getting the Primos, but I don't like the BDC reticle for hunting so I went with the 4200.
 
Regarding the Weaver.... that other thread pretty much sumed it up.  Some like Big Squeeze like it and others like koshkin have their questions!  In my experience, when a company buys/takes over a company that makes good stuff, its usually NOT a good thing!   I personally wouldn't put a 4x on an -06, its a great round and capable of long shots where a variable would shine. 
 
I went thru this very same search when I was trying to find a scope for a Savage 99 in .284 Win.  It can kind of drive you crazy!  I ended up selling my rifle at the Tulsa Arms Show last April so I didn't get a scope.  I understand what you are going thru.... But since you said you don't think you'll use it much, I wouldn't be too worried about the quality of the scope you put on it.  If you want the Weaver, give it a try.  If its not what you want, you should be able to trade it in or sell it on ebay and not be out that much.  Good luck!Smile
 
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