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I was looking at the 

wonder optics 4-14
hawke sidewinder 4-16 or 4-14
vortex viper hs lr 4-16x44
falcon menace 4-14
nikon monarch 4-16 or 5-20
millet trs-1

I don't really like the nikon only because it has only around 40moa of adjustment.
this scope will be used for hunting around 500 yards when i get good enough and i hope to get out to 1000

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Dont you just hate when someone throws a little bit or reality into a perfectly good plan.   ERRRR   $550 + 500 to 1000 yds =  No No
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if it were my $ on the list, it would be the vortex. WO, millet, and the falcon tend to be junk. the hawke is supposed to be ok, and the nikon will be a good scope, but their CS, and warranty dept, blow. the vortex HS has good glass, repeatable, and the best CS/warranty in the business.
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These scopes would do the 500 to 1000 if you do your part but they are not a typical hunting scope
Sightron 6-24x50 SIII 30mm Riflescope Sightron 6-24x50 SIII 30mm Riflescope
Stock # - SIIISS624X50LRMOA
  • Matte
  • MOA-2
  • 30mm
  • Side Focus
  • 1/4 MOA Tactical Knobs
$914.95 
 
 
SWFA SS 5-20x50 Tactical 30mm Riflescope SWFA SS 5-20x50 Tactical 30mm Riflescope
Stock # - SSHD520X50MQ
  • Patented First Focal Plane Mil-Quad Reticle
  • 30mm
  • HD Model
  • Locking Ocular Adjustment
  • 0.1 Mrad Elevation & Windage
  • 10 Mils Per Revolution
  • 30 Mils Of Total Travel
  • Side Focus
$1,299.95 
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This is more like a hunting type scope but doubt it will get you past 600 yds but call SWFA and ask what they think.
Swarovski 3.5-18x44 Z5 Riflescope Swarovski 3.5-18x44 Z5 Riflescope
Stock # - SWA59764
  • Matte
  • 4W
  • 1"
  • Ballistic Turret
  • Side Focus
$1,549.00 
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what rifle are you shooting
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This is fairly close to your price range and  with practice could get you to 800
SPL16172 Zeiss 4.5-14x50 Conquest Rifle Scope DEMO-B
Click to view 5214919972, Matte, Rapid Z 800, 1"
$679.95
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Vortex is the best of your choices. It has my vote.
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In the Vortex line this would be way better than the HS version at longer distances where you will need to adjust windage.
Vortex 4-16x50 Viper PST 30mm Rifle Scope Vortex 4-16x50 Viper PST 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - PST416S1M
  • Matte
  • EBR-1 Mil Reticle
  • 30mm
  • .10 Mil Adjustments
$699.95 
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Try the Pentax 6-24x50 Lightseeker-30. I was amazed at the clarity of this glass. some have said the glass is made from the same optical plant as the high end Burris. I love my Bushnell Tactical in the same magnification but the Pentax is clearer in my opinion. $509 free shipping no tax from Buy.com.
Call the man and see if he will match. hover over the "add to cart" button
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I have a Viper 6.5-20X50 on my F class 308 I have no problems getting to 1000y with this scope optics are nice I'm sure there are better scopes but I like mine
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surprised no one's mentioned minox...

Minox 3-15x50 ZA5 Riflescope

$588.95
http://swfa.com/Minox-3-15x50-ZA5-Riflescope-P48163.aspx


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Great scope ---- 500 to 1000 yds -- one inch tube ---  Not Likely, but still a great scope for the hunting most guys do out to 300 possibly 400 yds.
Minox 3-15x50 ZA5 Riflescope Minox 3-15x50 ZA5 Riflescope
Stock # - MIN66521
  • Matte
  • BDC
  • 1"
  • Side Focus
$588.95 
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Originally posted by smlekid smlekid wrote:

I have a Viper 6.5-20X50 on my F class 308 I have no problems getting to 1000y with this scope optics are nice I'm sure there are better scopes but I like mine
 
ExcellentThanks for posting your success with this scope it is not one I had considered but should get in under the price point and with 65moa should work especially with a plus 20 moa rail.  
Vortex 6.5-20x50 Viper 30mm Rifle Scope Dead-Hold BDC Vortex 6.5-20x50 Viper 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - VPRM06BDC
  • Matte
  • Dead-Hold BDC
  • 30mm
  • Side Focus
$459.95 
Magnification6.5-20 x
Objective Lens Diameter44 mm
Eye Relief3.1-3.3 inches
Field of View17.4-6.2 feet/100 yards
Tube Size30 mm
Turret StyleTall capped
Adjustment Graduation1/4 MOA
Travel per Rotation12 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment65 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment65 MOA
Parallax Setting50 yards to Infinity
Length14.4 inches
Weight21 ounces
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yes I should have mentioned I have a 20moa rail on my rifle it only takes 30moa to get to 1000y using a 155gr bullet at 2950fps
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The Sample list has a couple of 4-20x50 Minox Z5 for sale at a very good price,these will get you out to the 1K mark,no problem.
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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

In the Vortex line this would be way better than the HS version at longer distances where you will need to adjust windage.
Vortex 4-16x50 Viper PST 30mm Rifle Scope Vortex 4-16x50 Viper PST 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - PST416S1M
  • Matte
  • EBR-1 Mil Reticle
  • 30mm
  • .10 Mil Adjustments
$699.95 
I also like the reticle on the PST better for windage use.  I have this Viper PST on one of my rigs right now.
 
However, the Viper HS has 8 MOA of windage holds on the reticle, and that will get you 800 - 900 yards of holds in a 10mph wind depending on load.
 
The HS also has the advantage of getting you further with one rotation with the coarser 1/2MOA elevation clicks.
 
As a real-world long range rig (500-600 yards), the Viper HS has a nice feature set, and offers a lot of value.
 
The PST will work as a 1000 yard setup a little better.
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Hippie   I want to shoot a thousand yards.
 
ShockedJust angle the rifle up a few degrees and pull the trigger.
 
Hippie  I want to hunt at 500 yds.
 
Shocked Ok but when you get ready to shoot walk closer try for 200 to 300 yd shots so the wind doesnt cause you so much trouble.
Jerry Springer
 
Really the used Zeiss 4.5-14 with the Rapid Z800 reticle would be a good choice.
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So many great choices. hard to make my mind.. 
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Welcome to the OT,as long as you have the coin we will have the suggestions Sightron Big Sky SII 3-12x42 @ SWFA $560.95.Just another scope to add to the confusion Shocked
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I'm a Hawke fan!! Yay for the SidewinderYippee!! I wanna get another one.
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