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    I need advise on buying a tough scope one that will take some abuse.
  I have to travel on the 4 wheeler to get to my deer stand about 1 1/2 miles the trail is rough
 and i hunt as i go,sometimes the butt of the rifle hits the back rack on  the 4 wheeler and puts
 the scope off.
What scope would you recommend for me.
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Perhaps you need to re-configure your travel procedure to be kinder on your scope??? LOL. Your choices will vary depending upon your intended quarry, terrain / vegetation hunted, ranges, weapon type, price criteria, etc. In other words, we need more info. LOL.
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 I am shooting a 270, shots are no more than 150 yards,I would pay as much as $ 700
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That's an easy one for me.......get a fixed 4x or 6x, especially since you shots aren't real long.  The Fx3 6x is as tough and reliable as a scope gets, bar none.  
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I would probably go with this one.  http://swfa.com/IOR-4x32-Hunting-Rifle-Scope-P6742.aspx  It would be tough to get a better 4x scope than the IOR.
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Why are you suggesting a 4x or 6x whenb he said he shoots no more than 150 yards? That probably mean he often shoots closer than 150. I would go with a fixed 2.5x or 3x vintage Weaver K model. Why?? Because they had nearly fail-proof adjustments, and a busted reticle was almost unheard of. A nice one can be had for $100.Yeah, I know...old-school...old man's scope...blah, blah, blah...the comments of the ignorant.  If you are going to beat the heck out of your scope on the 4-wheeler, why spend $700 for something that will make you sick if it breaks? 
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Why not get a good rifle case (scabbard) for your ATV? Some have heavier liners (cushions) than others, so pick one out and save your scope. Scopes aren't made to be used as a battering ram on the ATV.Yippee
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I would second the remedy banging your scope around on the ATV rack suggestion. If that isn't possible and you are only shooting up to 150 yds then I would buy a good receiver sight zero it about 1"-1.5" high at 100yds and go that route. I have a winchester 64A with one on it and it is plenty accurate and fast to target out to 200 yds.
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I have been using a 4x IOR tactical for years as a battering ram on my ATV.  It still works just fine.  Good glass is worth the price, why have a $100 POS just because it may get used hard.  All scopes are just tools, if you are afraid to use it hard then you should find another hobby.  Loco
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The 4x IOR would be a good choice.

Also a tough scope is worthless without good rings to hold it in place. So without knowing what type of rifle you have it would be difficult to suggest rings.
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I'd recommend a different sling to start with. This is what you want. It's also a lot easier to hunt with while you're riding.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=2262497974

Someone is gonna chastise me for posting that link, but SWFA doesn't sell slings.
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A 4x IOR is not likely to fail under the use described.  It is, with a little practice, practicable from 10-1000+yards.  IOR has some wonderful glass and the 4x compares favorably to much more expensive scopes. 
 
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 Thanks for your replies.
 If you had to chose between the bushnell elite 4200 and the leupold vxII
 is there much of a difference between these 2 scopes.
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The Bushnell is the better scope.

The Leupold comes from the better company.
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Originally posted by pale-rider pale-rider wrote:

 Thanks for your replies.
 If you had to chose between the bushnell elite 4200 and the leupold vxII
 is there much of a difference between these 2 scopes.
As said, Bushnell is the better scope, but Leupold has a much better warranty. However, there is no way I'd even consider either of these. You can get much better.

I'd personally look into one of the Vortex Vipers on clearance, or a Burris Fullfield II. Those would be my two choices if you want something in the price range of the VX-II and Bushnell Elite 4200. I can't comment on the durability of the Vipers so much other than what I've heard, but I can say the FFII is a tough scope.

If you want to step up a notch, and I see you said anything under $700, but you can get a 3-9x40 Zeiss Conquest that's a much better scope than any of the others listed, and if I had $400 it's the way I'd go for sure.

I've had several VX-I Leupolds, and I can tell you now that most likely they won't hold up to that abuse. I've treated mine very well and 2 of the ones I've had have failed and had to go in for repair. The 3rd didn't ever get mounted. I also had a VX-II to see if I liked it better, but I was disappointed to see the glass still wasn't up to par with my Burris FFII's, and even though these did have click adjustments, the turrets still sucked and looked like something I'd expect on a scope made in the 80's. So I sold the VX-II without ever mounting it so I can't say how it would have held up, but glass wise, and really everything else the FFII is a better scope for less money.

With the Bushnell, they have great glass, and seem pretty solid. However, with the exception of a 10x40 3200 tactical, I've yet to have a Bushnell that has tracked correctly. However, if you were going to sight it in and not touch it again they would have been fine. I just didn't like that and felt they really showed that even with the good glass that they were still a Bushnell, and their warranty is horrible if you ever need that. So that turns me off from them too, when there are so many good choices with great warranties. I more often than not hear of people sending their lightly used scopes in for repair, and they often get a response that either the tube is bent, or that they determined that it was at fault of the user. They of course then offer to sell you a new scope at a slightly discounted price. I hear this exact scenario about 5x as often as I hear good reports. That said, I've seen a few guys get taken care of after posting online and having Bushnell reps contact them and apologize saying they made a mistake. Yet, I feel you shouldn't have to post online to get decent honest customer service.
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Originally posted by tejas tejas wrote:

I'd recommend a different sling to start with. This is what you want. It's also a lot easier to hunt with while you're riding.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=2262497974

Someone is gonna chastise me for posting that link, but SWFA doesn't sell slings.
Yeah they do.
http://swfa.com/Tactical-Intervention-Accessories-C1119.aspx
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