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So I'll be completely up front and admit I'm by no means a scope expert, if so, I wouldn't be looking for recommendations.  So if I make any stupid assumptions, feel free to point them out.

I recently inherited my grandfathers Model 700 .300 Win Mag, his primary hunting rifle since '66 and for as long as I can remember him.  We were very close so it's instantly become the firearm that means more to me than any other.  I'm 28 and have always hunted whitetail/mule deer with the .243 I got as a teenager.  However, for sentimental reasons I'd really like to bag a mule deer with his rifle this year. 

I tried placing a cheap Cabela's Pine Ridge 3x9 I had laying around on it.  It did well for a few rounds but after about 15 rounds the expected happened and I think the scope blew a gasket (internally). 

So I'm hoping to find a "decent" scope I can use with reasonable confidence of holding up on this rifle.  The kicker is I'm limited to about $250 as I'm getting laid off the 6th of November and will be pursuing a career change.  Even the $250 is pushing it but my wife is being really supportive of the purchase in this case. 

I 't want something that can handle the recoil.  I'm happy to buy used since I'm on a limited budget.  Does anyone have any recommendations for scopes that might fit that price range (new or used) that would likely handle the recoil?  For variable powers I'm considering:

Leupold VXII (would need to be used to afford) , Vortex Diamondback or Viper Series

Anyone own these scopes and use them on a higher powered rifle?

Also, I know some folks recommend going with a fixed power scope for true reliability on a high powered rifle.  I've seen some used fixed power's on Ebay but no nothing about good manufacturers/model for fixed power scopes.  It also seems like a lot of the fixed power scopes on Ebay are used and 10-20 years old.  I'm a bit skeptical as to whether a used scope that old would still be worth purchasing but I know they were made better in many cases back then.  Any recommendations on older fixed power scopes that might be worth a look?

On the career front, the recent job loss at my engineering firm has motivated me to pursue a career in something that isn't quite as coma-inducing.  You guessed it, I'd like to break into a firearms or outdoors related industry.  So if anyone has any contacts or recommendations I'm all ears.  I'm happy to provide my educational/professional experience in detail.  There...now I can tell my wife I was trying to work my network for a new career while prepping for the upcoming hunting season.  Wink

Thanks guys.


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If you can swing a Vortex Viper 3-9x40, that would fit nicely on your rifle and offer very good performance.  For allround performance, it is hard to beat a good quality 3-9x40.

I would really recommend going with that route.

If you must have something less expensive, Nikon Buckmaster 3-9x40 is a pretty solid choice as is Sightron SII 3-9x42.

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While you are at it take a good look at the rings that you have and make sure they are both round and properly sized.  I say this because the scope you had while not perfect, should have lasted longer.  When something like that happens, it is a good ideal to double check the rings. It is not uncommon for rings to be made on worn tooling to keep the production numbers up.
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That's a good point.  They are Leupold mounts and rings that were installed by the gunsmith I use, so I wasn't inclined to suspect the rings.  But it might be worth a look.

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Not bashing the industry but many Gunsmiths that are excellent machinist may not understand the finesse of mounting a scope. If you get it mounted and bore sighted at the box style Fishing and hunting conglomerates you must realize the sales person may have been selling shirts at S&K the week before. Since they are not still there they may not have been good at that either.  Bucky
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I think the Burris FFII would be a decent scope for you, and the 3-9 is under your price.  Would leave money for new rings or other accessories if wanted.
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I am a dinosaur............I put a 4X on mine!!!   Shocked     But I'm sure a 3X9 would be fine!!!  
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Originally posted by Ed Connelly Ed Connelly wrote:

I am a dinosaur............I put a 4X on mine!!!   Shocked     But I'm sure a 3X9 would be fine!!!  

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The Sightron SIIs are a good value.  I have several SIIs and they hold up well and have good glass and adjustments for the price.
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I've always been told to stick with a 30 mm tube on a 300WM.
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bushnell 3200 are worth looking into.
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Originally posted by REMF REMF wrote:

I've always been told to stick with a 30 mm tube on a 300WM.

i think thats a matter of personal preference, im sure that there are plenty of members here who have .300win's with 1" tubed scopes on top of them. i am one of them.
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My 375 H&H has a ONE INCH TUBE  fixed 6x Leupold VX3 on it, One of the 300 WM has a 3-9x42 FFP Super Sniper on it the other 300WM has a Leu Mk4 3.5-10x40FFP and the 300 WSM has a 10x Super Sniper with side focus. The point being 300 win mag and heavier calibers need really tough scopes and fixed power scopes tend to do very well on them. I'll list some that I would consider with the idea in mind that you may want to upgrade when you are better off financially.
Weaver 6x38 Classic K Rifle Scope Dual-X Weaver 6x38 Classic K Rifle Scope
Stock # - 849418
  • Matte
  • Dual-X
  • 1"
$139.95 
Add Weaver 6x38 Classic K Rifle Scope to Cart 
Burris 6x40 Fullfield II Rifle Scope Plex Burris 6x40 Fullfield II Rifle Scope
Stock # - 200052
  • Matte
  • Plex
  • 1"
$229.95 
Add Burris 6x40 Fullfield II Rifle Scope to Cart
Bushnell 3-9x40 Elite 4200 Rifle Scope Multi-X Bushnell 3-9x40 Elite 4200 Rifle Scope
Stock # - 423944M
  • Matte
  • Multi-X
  • 1"
  • Rainguard
$299.95 
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Vortex 2-7x32 Viper Rifle Scope Dead-Hold BDC Vortex 2-7x32 Viper Rifle Scope
Stock # - VPRM02BDC
  • Matte
  • Dead-Hold BDC
  • 1"
  • $50 Mail-In Rebate
$309.95 
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Those are all hunging type scopes but the way I hunt is from a fixed position either a tree  stand or along a field edge or somewhere I have a solid rest and I mignt be inclined to put a true tactical scope on it like this and just accept the fact that it would not be a stalking gun but would be able to dial in correction for trajectory at long range. The 20x is the least expensive one the 10 would be a better all around choice but I have hunted a 20 X and it can be done it just looks grey in low light but its awesome in bright daylight.
SWFA SS 20x42 Tactical Riflescope Mil-Dot SWFA SS 20x42 Tactical Riflescope
Stock # - SS20X42
  • Matte
  • Mil-Dot
  • 30mm
  • Rear Focus
  • OK for .50 cal
  • 1/4 MOA
$279.95 
Add SWFA SS 20x42 Tactical Riflescope to Cart
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

Originally posted by REMF REMF wrote:

I've always been told to stick with a 30 mm tube on a 300WM.

i think thats a matter of personal preference, im sure that there are plenty of members here who have .300win's with 1" tubed scopes on top of them. i am one of them.
I, too, have had a 1" optic on a 300WM but with a muzzle brake.  I've just personally seen reticles snap in good quality 1" scopes on large bore rifles. 
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I have a 4x Pentax Gameseeker on my .458 WinMag, that I took from my .458 Lott... neither has a muzzle brake.  No problems after hundreds of rounds...
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Burris FFII, Bushnell 4200 have both been proven for very reliable on 300 magnums.
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

I have a 4x Pentax Gameseeker on my .458 WinMag, that I took from my .458 Lott... neither has a muzzle brake.  No problems after hundreds of rounds...
 
Holy mackeral!!  I wuz just gonna ask about the Gameseeker......and now Kickboxer has just answered my question about their ability to stay in one piece!  Smile
 
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