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I am looking for a good quality FFP scope strictly for hunting. I have used FFP's over the years and really like them (I still have a Shepherd in FFP). Anyway, I have been searching for a while and can't find what I want. Maybe it doesn't exist in my budget range (Less than 1k). I really want Capped turrets or at least ones that lock and have to be lifted to move. Seems like all of them I've seen under 1k have turrets that are not capped nor lock firmly once zeroed. I will admit I am a glass junkie and mostly use Swarovski, Leica or Zeiss. However, I need to keep this one Less than 1k for budget reasons. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated!!! Again this will be for hunting only. Here are my "wants":

Less than 20 oz in weight
Capped turrets or push up to turn turrets
Good eye relief
No more than 16x power (2.5-10 would be perfect)

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Check the new Burris Veracity line.


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Thanks for the reply. I have looked at those but the lightest one was 22oz if I remember correctly. It is still on my list but really would like to find one with a little less weight.
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Most FFP scopes are on the higher end of the price scale and lean toward precision, so they are not that light.

In the sub $1k price range the list if serviceable FFP scopes is pretty short: SWFA SS, Weaver Tactical and Burris Veracity.


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What is it about a FFP scope do you prefer for hunting? 
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My eyes tend to like FFP for hunting and I also like ballistic reticles on FFP since the drop is the same no matter what power you are on. Over the years have sold my German scopes with FFP only to realize now I still prefer them. Just like the reticle view.

Looks like the Burris is the only one that has capped turrets in my price range. I have looked at them in person but can't seem to find many reviews on them.

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Another good option might be the Meopta Meostar R1.  They make a 3-12x56 in a FFP, with a number of reticles to choose from including their McWhorter reticle which is very similar to Zeiss Rapid Z 800 ballistic reticle.  Great glass, capped turrets, and available for less than $1k.  At 22 oz, it's not going to make your weight criteria, but hits everything else.   
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I will take a look at the Meopta. Thanks!
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Weaver Super Slam Euro #800373.
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Thanks! It looks like the 1.5-6x24 would be under 20oz. I think the one you referenced is a 4-20x50 at 28oz, which is way too heavy for me. However, I think the 1.5-6x24 may work well. I will check into it. Thanks!!!
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Vortex makes a 2-10x32 viper pst with FFP and illuminated reticle for under $1,000. And its 18.5ozs.
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I looked at one of those yesterday and I did like it. Unfortunately the turrets are not capped and do not lock. I am still thinking on it though. Thanks for the suggestions!
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I have never had the turrets of either one of my scopes accidentally turn, and they don't have caps or locks. One is the 3-15SS, the other is a 5-20SS.
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Last year, like many before it, I hunted in an area with thousands of young fir trees mixed with deadfall. That, along with climbing up and down steep outcroppings, means a good amount of contact with branches and snags. The SS 3-15 on my rifle never had a turret turn, just as I've never had one turn on an SS 3-9 or a Nightforce 2.5-10. It just doesn't happen all that often.

Like you, I much prefer FFP scopes, although at lower mag ranges and distances it's not bad using an SFP. I recommend the SS 3-9 as a great all-around scope at 19 oz. The 3-15 is great too. My main hunting rifle will be wearing one or the other this fall.

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I'm thinking I may need to take a good look at that SWFA SS 3-9x42. I have read lots of great reviews on it. I do wish the eye relief was a little better all through the power ranges. Then again it's an FFP. Thanks for the advice on the SS. I really like the reticle on the SS as well.
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Just a thought, but the turrets can be reset to zero once you have zeroed the rifle. So if they do get moved how ever unlikely that is you can get back to your zero. It is easier to rezero the turrets that to try and remember what was your zero setting.
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I have my Weaver Tactical 3-15x50 on my 'general purpose' rifle right now, which is my front-line hunting rifle.  I realize it's heavier than you want, but it is otherwise everything you've specified, and that's why I have it on that rifle.  I find the locking turrets an extremely good idea.  If the Weaver Super Slam Euro works for you, I highly recommend that line of scopes (Super Slam and Tactical are largely the same).
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