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I am planning on getting a .17HMR and need some help on figuring out a scope for it.  I don't want to sound like a cheap a$$ but I do not want to spend maybe more than $150 or $200.  I do not have much money and my wife doesn't know I am doing this yet.  Any suggestions would help greatly...
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I would suggest a Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9X40. You can get them for $175 at http://www.swfa.com/
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These scopes have a really good reputation, and are in the price range you stated. There is a forum on this website that mentions this scope as very reliable.
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I just a Nikon Prostaff like this on mine.....http://www.swfa.com/pc-8728-224-nikon-3-9x40-prostaff-riflescope.aspx    but it gets the job done! It's nice and clear for the price I thinkWink
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The Nikon Team Primos would also be a good choice. Off of the SWFA sample list you can pick one up for $179.99. Not sure if the .17 HMR would match the BDC reticle but maybe someone has an answer for that. But that scope is a good scope 
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[QUOTE=auto_1187]I would suggest a Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9X40. You can get them for $175 at http://www.swfa.com/[/QUOTE]

 

+1  I have 3 3200's and love them.  For a bit more you can get the 3-9 with their baliistic reticle which gives nice thin reticle lines for varying distances.  A very nice scope for the .17hmr and the one I use on my .22 LR.

 

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I was turned on to Swift scopes when I lived in GA and was able to meet what is now my good friend Dr. Rusty. He spent some years in the military as lets say a long range shooter. Until that time I had never heard of Swift scopes. He liked them. When I bought my first .17HMR to predator hunt at night I put a 3X9X40 Swift Premier on the Savage. We would ride around in an electric camo cart to hunt fox and bobcats shining fairly dim red lights. The guns were sitting in gun holders and the roads rough. When we needed to make a 100yd shot between the eyes it was made. They ain't got the best glass but it ain't bad either. I think they are a tough scope. They don't advertise much. You might see an ad in a mag or two. Now I am not a scope expert either! All I own is a few Swifts, Leupold's, Nikon's, old Redfields, and a few Zeiss's. That Swift just ain't a bad scope.
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Originally posted by CWT CWT wrote:

I was turned on to Swift scopes when I lived in GA and was able to meet what is now my good friend Dr. Rusty. He spent some years in the military as lets say a long range shooter. Until that time I had never heard of Swift scopes. He liked them. When I bought my first .17HMR to predator hunt at night I put a 3X9X40 Swift Premier on the Savage. We would ride around in an electric camo cart to hunt fox and bobcats shining fairly dim red lights. The guns were sitting in gun holders and the roads rough. When we needed to make a 100yd shot between the eyes it was made. They ain't got the best glass but it ain't bad either. I think they are a tough scope. They don't advertise much. You might see an ad in a mag or two. Now I am not a scope expert either! All I own is a few Swifts, Leupold's, Nikon's, old Redfields, and a few Zeiss's. That Swift just ain't a bad scope.
 
I have a couple older Swifts on some spring and gas ram airguns (not many guns harder on scopes than these type of airguns) and they are real tough.  You have to be careful as not all of their lines are as tough as the Premier. I think there is another line but can't rmember the anme.  Anyway, they are pretty decent scope for the money and I have had good success with them as far as durablity is concerned. 
 
For what it's worth!
 
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Swift scopes are good, but in my experience it is hard to beat a Burris Fullfield II 3-9x on a .17 HMR, if you want performance for the money. The Ballistic Plex reticle is plenty, and there is enough magnification for any shot.
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Originally posted by John Barsness John Barsness wrote:

Swift scopes are good, but in my experience it is hard to beat a Burris Fullfield II 3-9x on a .17 HMR, if you want performance for the money. The Ballistic Plex reticle is plenty, and there is enough magnification for any shot.


That is exactly what is sitting on my 17 HMR.  I love it.  Great setup.
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The Burris ballistic-plex works great but I would step up to 4.5-14 "if" the terrain you're in supports it.  The 4.5-14 on my sons 17 HMR is really clear as compared to the 3-9 models I've looked thru. 
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http://www.swfa.com/pc-4947-183-bushnell-6-24x40-banner-dusk-dawn-rifle-scope.aspx good scope for the money http://www.swfa.com/pc-10573-1507-mueller-85-25x44-tactical-riflescope.aspx another decent scope for the money

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Originally posted by tjtjwdad tjtjwdad wrote:

The Burris ballistic-plex works great but I would step up to 4.5-14 "if" the terrain you're in supports it.  The 4.5-14 on my sons 17 HMR is really clear as compared to the 3-9 models I've looked thru. 
 
In addition, one down side to this reticle is its awfully thin and may be difficult to see in wooded areas early/late in the day.
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Originally posted by tjtjwdad tjtjwdad wrote:

Originally posted by tjtjwdad tjtjwdad wrote:

The Burris ballistic-plex works great but I would step up to 4.5-14 "if" the terrain you're in supports it.  The 4.5-14 on my sons 17 HMR is really clear as compared to the 3-9 models I've looked thru. 
 
In addition, one down side to this reticle is its awfully thin and may be difficult to see in wooded areas early/late in the day.


I have hunted with that reticle for years with a lot being in the woods early and at last light, and never had trouble seeing it.  In fact, the very first elk I shot was with a Burris FFII withe bal-plex reticle and it was 2 minutes before legal shooting light was over.  Saw the reticle the entire time. I don't think he will have any problems with that reticle if he chooses to go with that scope.
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get the bsa sweet 16 its a good small game scope..and if ur trying to coyote or fox hunt it can reach out in the field and give u a clear shot


       
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Originally posted by 17hmrsniper 17hmrsniper wrote:

get the bsa sweet 16 its a good small game scope..and if ur trying to coyote or fox hunt it can reach out in the field and give u a clear shot

THIS IS ONE I WOULD STAY AWAY FROM IMHO
       
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Originally posted by medic52 medic52 wrote:

Originally posted by 17hmrsniper 17hmrsniper wrote:

get the bsa sweet 16 its a good small game scope..and if ur trying to coyote or fox hunt it can reach out in the field and give u a clear shot

THIS IS ONE I WOULD STAY AWAY FROM IMHO
       
I knew someone would say that (stay away from a BSA sweet anything)... I guess I haven't used mine enough to know why just yet or possibly because I haven't owned an expensive enough scope to know better. They do work and will get you by on a budget though. I just bought two cheap chinese scopes for two new rifles and decided I just couldn't do that to them so I am looking for something nice (an FNAR and 30-06 Howa) for them. My 17HMR is just going to have to live with the BSA for awhile longer.
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If your BSA still works Congratulations. While they work it is a fantastic concept. If the reliability was better it would control the .17 market. But it doesn't and don't. For the money the Banner Dusk to Dawn .17 is much more reliable and has a similar Calibrated turret under $100. As accurate as the .17 HMR is it deserves much better glass.
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Originally posted by Dussy69 Dussy69 wrote:

I am planning on getting a .17HMR and need some help on figuring out a scope for it.  I don't want to sound like a cheap a$$ but I do not want to spend maybe more than $150 or $200.  I do not have much money and my wife doesn't know I am doing this yet.  Any suggestions would help greatly...


 What will you be using the .17 for.... what type of hunting, how long of shots.  I have a Redfield 4-12X40AO on mine and love it.  I can shoot at 15yds out to whatever and not worry about parallax!

If you won't be shooting close... say under 50 yds, then any of the 3-9 should work just fine.  but if will be shooting small targets/game at close range, then I would go for a AO or side focus model.
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Sold him a Savage with laminated stock, and a competitors branded Pine Ridge scope. Not the best scope, but I think for what he paid, he did well.
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