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Hello All, my first post here after a bunch of reading.  I am looking to get a new scope for my TC Encore .270.  This is my primary deer hunting rifle and I live in Maine, where shots can go from 20-200 yards depending if I am sitting in the brush or watching a powerline.  I am looking for a solid scope for this gun. A leupold Vari-X 2 is coming off of it and going on my muzzleloader barrel.  Low light performance is important to me as use every minute of the hunting day.  I reload and spend quite a bit of time on the range with this gun.

I've narrowed it down to several scopes in the $350 price range and would love to hear your opinions on which would be the best buy for this job.

Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 $350 with $50 rebate
Bushnell Elite E3104 3-10x40 Compact $330
Bushnell Elite 2.5-10x40 $360
Leupold VX-3 2.5-8x36 $399
Nikon Monarch 2.5-10x42 BDC $349
Sightron SII Big Sky 3-9x42 $380

And I have given a little consideration to the Leupold VX-2 3-9x50 ($349) but I think that scope will put me into high rings and would not be worth the larger bell.

Let's hear your thoughts!

Thanks,
Jim

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I had a 3-9X40 Conquest and it performed as well in low light as any 40ish mm scope I have seen.  I would suggest looking at the 1.5-8 Minox z5 as well.

There is no need for a BDC reticle with a maximum range of 200 yards and a .270.




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Which Vari-X 2 are you replacing? What did you not like about it and what do you expect a new scope to do better? I only ask to better know what you are looking for.
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In all honesty, your list is a good one and any on it would suffice. My two favorites would be the Conquest and the Big Sky. BTW, WELCOME to the OT Forums!
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There's nothing wrong really with the Vari-X, I just need another hunting scope and figured I'd put the older one on the barrel I use less.  I am hoping with an upgrade I will get a brighter, clearer image and better low light performance.  I like the idea of extra magnification range on the Nikon and Elite 2.5-10's but I am wondering if they keep up with the Leupold and Zeiss optically.  Thoughts?
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All on your list should have a better image than the VX-2.  The Zeiss is the best on your list.  There is not a lot of difference between 9x and 10x.

The Conquest is a fine scope.  It has a wide field of view and ample eye relief. 

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The Bushnell Elites are very good scopes. Ive had Conquests and Elites and the nice thing with the Zeiss is that the reticle is etched and stays nice and black and it is a tad heavier in the outer posts. I really like the 4 inch constant eye relief too. The Bushnells have a more standard plex reticle and the eye relief is a bit shorter at 3.3 inches but the scope to my eye is as bright as the Zeiss with the Zeiss having a bit better resoloution but not much. Its hard to describe but the Zeiss does have a more crisp appearing view although its not going to be any more effective than the Elite at making a shot in any lighting situation. I have had a Big Sky Sightron and I sold it immediately. It has a nice large sight picture and it is optically as good or better than the other two but the EYE BOX and the Eye RELIEF are super critical meaning your eye has to exactly right to get a sight picture.
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