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I'm seeing scopes for sale here for $50!!!
No dis-respect to SWFA, I do & will by all my optics from SWFA, but how do you justify scopes this cheap.
I'd be scared to spend that little for optics, with the fear of them not functioning at all.
We all look for deals, but where do you draw the line on a decent scope versus pure junk?
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I guess you draw the line where you draw it.  A $50 scope might work fine on a 22lr.  Depends on the person buying and what he/she is buying the scope for.  
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 Yep.  Bought a $50 one at SWFA for my uncle's .22 semi-auto.  That's all he wanted to spend.  Picked what I and others thought would stand the best chance of working out and so far so good.
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I get it!
Being disappointed in a $500 scope is a hell of a lot different than a $50 disappointment.
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I' ve put 120 scopes on guns before, my wife used a 50 dollar scope for years on a 270 and it worked great.
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Originally posted by Corndawg Corndawg wrote:

I get it!
Being disappointed in a $500 scope is a hell of a lot different than a $50 disappointment.
 
 OR,don't expect a $500 scope for $50.   Bucky 
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Originally posted by 300S&W 300S&W wrote:

Originally posted by Corndawg Corndawg wrote:

I get it!
Being disappointed in a $500 scope is a hell of a lot different than a $50 disappointment.
 
 OR,don't expect a $500 scope for $50.   Bucky 
 
or for that sake a $500 scope for $200
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Barska 4x15 Rimfire Scope
30/30      Barska 4x15 Rimfire Scope
Stock # - AC10000

    * Matte
    * 30/30
    * 3/4"
    * Comes with Standard Rings

     
$6.95
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In all honesty, I've got several friends that use $50 or under scopes. Okay, I took have a couple. I'm kind of afraid to admit that on there though. While you don't get a Zeiss Conquest for that price, my experience with them hasn't been nearly as negative as most guys online would like to have you think. I've sold most of my cheap scopes off, but I've still got a Simmons that is one of my favorite scopes I've had. It's taken tons of abuse, been dropped, banged around, etc, and it's always held zero, never fogged, and adjusts properly. I want to think I paid like $40 for this 6 years ago. I love this scope, and I plan to keep it until it does break on me. It's not quite as good optically as my Burris FFII, but it's better slightly than my VX-I. I don't see the reason to buy a cheap scope when you can get great deals on great scopes such as the Burris FFII, but if you absolutely can't afford anything more than a low end Simmons or Tasco, I'd rather have that than nothing. The other scope I've got that's cheap like that is a Tasco Bucksight. When I got my muzzle loader I was trying to get into it cheap just to see if I even liked it. I bought a used gun that while wasn't pretty was in good shape. someone had done a bad camo job on the stock. The rest of the gun was great though and it shot amazingly. I was originally going to just use open sights until a buddy talked me into just getting a $30 Tasco. I bought it and it's been fairly decent too. It's worked great for several years and while optically it's not the best either, I like it just fine and it's decent. It's about on par with the glass in my VX-I to me. Actually might be better in low light, but a small step below my Burris and the Simmons. I mean small step. It's always held zero, and just done well. I'm not sure it would pass a box test, but I can't say that for sure as I've never done one. I sighted it in and left it alone. Now one thing I will say is it may have lost zero on me this year. I can't tell. I took the scope off and remounted it before hunting season this past year. I of course had to sight it in again. I got it close and left it. I had 2 shots hit about 2-3" to the right then I put 2 in the bullseye. I figured it must have been me pulling to the right. So I left it alone. I killed a deer with it and hit it exactly where I aimed. It wasn't off any from where I aimed. Then I shot it a week or so ago just to target shoot and it was off. It was shooting right at the right edge of the target. So about 3" off center. Now It did get bumped around a bit. So I'm not sure if that made it lose zero, or if it was off that far to start with before the hunting season and the 2 shots that hit there were where it was shooting and I pulled the 2 in the bullseye, or what happened. I also took the stock off and the screws may not have gotten torqued exactly the same. I know that can mess with it too. So there are just too many factors for me to say the scope lost zero, but I'm going to do more testing and other than that instance it's been perfect.

The biggest thing I've seen with cheap scopes is often they don't track right. At the same time most hunters I know don't care as they sight it in and leave it. 98% of the guys I hunt with, and I hunt with quite a few use scopes under $100. Every once in a while one will have a problem, but the majority of the time they don't. Only 3 of us have bought Leupolds and we have all had problems with them just for comparison. Several of the guys are really hard on their guns and scopes and they still hold zero from year to year.

Now would I take one on a hunt I'd spent $1000 on? No, but if it's all you can afford and I just wanted to go sit in a tree stand nearby, I'd do it with a cheap scope. I can also say, I'd probably buy a nicer scope just for the better optical quality and the piece of mind. The biggest thing I don't like about cheap scopes is that I keep worrying they will fail on me. They never have, but so many guys online complain about how they always fail it makes me worry that mine will. So that's why I don't usually use them.
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