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Hi everyone, I am hoping to get some of you thoughts.  My brothers and I purchased a Cooper montana varminter for my dad for his retirement (in 223 rem).  My mom would like to get him a scope for it, but I am not really sure what we should get. 
 
This will be used pretty much exclusively at the range.  Budget is up to $500, but I am sure it wouldn't hurt to be less.  I am thinking maybe something around 4-14X40 or so.
 
Some options I am considering are Bushnell 4200, Viper Vortex, Sightron Big Sky,Weaver Grand Slam.  Other thoughts/options.  Any help is appreciated. 
 
Thanks!
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Good on ya for getting pops a nice rifle. Thunbs Up


If it's to be a range only gun, what is the upper end of distance he'll be shooting at the range? What type of cross hairs does he prefer? 

If he's o.k. with mil dot and shooting <400 yards, I'd throw this in the mix of considerations.

http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-10x42-Tactical-Riflescope-P500.aspx


That's the side focus model, he might prefer the standard rear focus. Just my personal preference there.


<700


http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-16x42-Tactical-Riflescope-P501.aspx


<1000


http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-20x42-Tactical-Riflescope-P502.aspx


I've yet to find anyone who has a SS that doesn't like it. 


I shoot shorter ranges but there are a lot of guys here that do bench shoot out there a ways. Their opinions would certainly trump mine. 


Again, good on ya for taking care of dad. Very cool.





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i would add the zeiss conquest to your list as well
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Wow. Nice present. I just bought a Cooper (Varminter; .204) for my early retirement present - that's what I told my wife - but I had to pay for it myself.
Since it would be hard to cover a 4200 or Big Sky in the higher powers on that budget, I'd go for the Weaver Grand Slam. Might as well go 6-20X as it's about the same in size/price as the 4.5-14; dad might appreciate the extra mag., also. If he's not going to hunt with it a lot, personally, I'd think about the silver finish as it and the black accents on the scope mght match well with the black receiver/stainless barrel of the Cooper; then again it might not work...
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bushnell 4200 4x16x50 sf.  good magnification; sun shade; 509.95 at swfa.  I have one on a savage bvss 223; great for small targets.  4x is a plus in case he wants to shoot at something close.
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I'm using my Cooper MTV .204 at the range much more than I expected when I bought it. I'd suggest going with nothing less than 16x for the upper limit. I have an 3.5-18x and often wish I'd gone for a 5-25x. I let field use influence my decision a lot when I made the purchase.
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 I just built a Savge 223 and mounted a Mueller 8.5-25 eradicator on it $239, it has a illuminated dot but I will never use it. There are around 100 shoys down the tube so far and the scope is holding up fine, adj. are crisp and the class is relatively clear for a $200 scope made in China. Defanitly not the best there is but for a range toy it works for me.
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The Leupold 4.5-14X40 is near your stated maximum and is a nice choice to put on top of that excellent rifle.
http://swfa.com/Leupold-45-14x40-VX-3-Riflescope-P12679.aspx
There are many choices out there these days. I still tend to look at Leupold, Bushnell and Nikon for mid-range scopes. That pretty much means 4200, Monarch and VX-3. I know that I would not look back after choosing one of these three makes.
The Nikon and Bushnell come in under $500.
http://swfa.com/Bushnell-4-16x40-Elite-4200-Rifle-Scope-P11606.aspx
http://swfa.com/Nikon-4-16x42-Monarch-Riflescope-P42332.aspx




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Thanks for you help everyone.  I end up going with the Bushnell Elite 4200 6-24X40.  The combination of likely quality/price/magnification is why I chose this.  I almost went with the 4200 4-16X40 with the side focus, but in essence traded the side focus for greater magnification and AO on the chosen scope. 
 
Thanks for all your help. 
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Of course we will need to see pics of Dad's awesome set up.Smile

Steve
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