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http://swfa.com/Burris-3-9x40-Fullfield-E1-Rifle-Scope-P48175.aspx
 
Any reviews or opinions on this scope? Optically is there a better $250 option in the 3-9x/3-10 range?
 
Would this scope be even a better option if I could find one used from a friend for $150?
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i don't have any of the new E1s but i do have some of the older burris FF2s with the wire rather than the etched glass.


a couple of these i have had for a couple decades and have seen hard use they still work and have good glass.

if you keep an eye on the sample list you may run across one for a great price. seems like i saw one for $150ish the other day--might be one of the old FF2s though--

my personal preference @ $250 would be a vortex viper over the FF-E1 for a few more $$$ but that is just me.

you might check out the sightrons on the sample list and find a great scope in your price range too.

lots of good scopes around for about the same $$ as the burris. i kind of just depends on what you want .


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This would be my pick for a 3-9 in that price range.

http://swfa.com/Vortex-3-9x40-Diamondback-Rifle-Scope-P10823.aspx
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I have that EXACT scope on one of my rifles and would say the glass is actually pretty darn good! I also really like the reticle and the turrets have good feedback/clicks. I normally stay above that level of glass but I had an old Burris that bit the dust and was given an E1 as a Warranty replacement. I was pleasantly surprised with it. I compared it side to side with several of mid range glass (Monarch, Big Sky, 4200, Conquest, Fullfield I and Signature models) and it was just about even with all of them for the most part which is great considering the cheap price. There is one issue that I am not that pleased with and that is low light. The light trasmission seems pretty good BUT the reticle is very difficult to see in low light.

Everyone's eyes are different but in the $250 and below range it is a hard scope to beat if you can live with the reticle in low light. In normal light I really think the reticle is pretty awesome though. I have it on a rifle that I don't use much and have decided to stick with AM hunts so I have more normal light to deal with. If you can find a way live with something in 300-600 range you will kind of be in the optic sweet spot for great value for the dollar spent.

It is certainly a good scope and I do like mine. I guess my own personal opinion is if I only had $250 to spend I would more than likely buy another. It is easy glass to get behind and the eye box is pretty forgiving. If I had 300+ to spend I would go another route. It's a solid $250 scope by all means! Just keep in mind everyone's eyes see the world different through scopes so try to look through one first. For example, A lot of folks really like Vortex but my eyes don't work as well with them (only speaking of the Viper and Diamondback line which are really good scopes...especially the Viper). I also don't wear glasses if that makes any difference. The eye relief and box on Vortex seems sensitive to me. That being said someone may feel the same way about the E1 so you really need to look through one or buy 2/3 then return the ones you don't like.

Best of luck to you!
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I have used both and prefer the aforementioned Vortex over the Burris. I have found that the plex reticle in the Diamondback is much more usable in low light than the Vortex BDC, but it is still not thick enough for my taste. However, I must say that the Burris is one heck of a scope for what it costs and I often regret selling mine.
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the big problem with the burris e1 is --

it costs $250


a vortex viper 3-9x with BDC costs $300 from SWFA

a vortex diamondback cost about $190 (sometimes a little less with sales/specials)

and the burris FF2 is still a good scope --every so often they come up on sale for $150+/- a few dollars

and you still got the redfield revolution in the same ball park price wise.

lots of good scope in the $150-$300 range these days.

personally i like the vortex viper  cause if your going to go $250 anyway --it ain't that hard to cough up another $50 for a better scope.

though i will admit any of these scopes should do a good job for years--

i got a diamondback 2-7x that i very nearly traded to SWFA on a minox ZA5-- i ended up just buying the minox and keeping the diamondback--

 yea the diamondback is a very good scope for the price IMHO.

bang for $$ diamondbacks are tough to beat.

i haven't bought a burris in a while, though  i have a ff2 and a euro from a decade or so back, they have good glass and have served well on some hard kicking light weight rifles.  - so it is a tough call on vortex vs burris deal. i think both are good scopes--

much is just what you want i think-- i would give the vortex diamondback and the viper a hard look before i bought a E1 though-- you might like them better.


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