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I am a newcomer to Centerfire Rifles and have just acquired a  308 Calibre pre 64 Winchester model 70 with iron sights and pre drilled for mounting a scope.  I will use the gun for Deer Hunting in TN as well as out west.... The gun is in near mint condition... having only had 7 rounds fired thru it.   So I dont want to do anything to reduce the value of the gun by mounting a scope on it.....  I am just starting to research scope selection and would appreciate any suggestions... or write ups I might reference.
 
 
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I re-read this twice.....You say you don't want to reduce the value of the gun by mounting a scope on it, but you want us to recomend a scope to you to mount on it?   Maybe i should interprut it as you dont' want to mount a "cheap" scope on it that will make it worth less than a nice scope.....
 
Either way.. what is your price  range and whats your entended ranges you expect to shot at game?
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As I said, I am a newcomer to scopes ... what I meant by reducing the value is that I dont want to modify the rifle and in so doing reduce its value.... So I would not want to remove the iron sights.... budget is pretty much open... I a, a casual hunter... couple of trips a year... would be shooting at game at a maximum $200 yds... so  lets look at it a couple of ways... assuming there is a difference...
 
best value under $1000
 
Best value around   $500
 
Thanks for the furious response...
 
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let me back up I forgot to do this first......Welcome to the OT Bill.  Nice gun you have there!
 
I would look hard a the Zeiss conquest line up.  Great scope and they hold value really well.  For that distance I would think that 3x9 would be fine. I would use talley lightweight rings and you should be good to go. 
Zeiss 3-9x40 Conquest Rifle Scope Z-Plex Zeiss 3-9x40 Conquest Rifle Scope
Stock # - 5214609920
  • Matte
  • Z-Plex
  • 1"
  • Etched Glass
  • 2nd Plane
$399.95 
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I think these rings will work but I would call SWFA to make sure
Talley Lightweight Aluminum 1 Talley Lightweight Aluminum 1" Scopemount
Stock # - 940702
  • Montana 1999
  • Winchester 70 w/ .860 Rear Base
  • Matte
  • Medium
  • 1"
$42.95 
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i just got a 3x9x40 zeiss conquest i thought it was the best scope for the money . its on sale this year for 399 normally 499.i lucked up and found a display sample for 299.i have been real happy with it so far.i also like a vx3 leupold ,but they cost more money.
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Hard to beat the 3-9X Conquest for under $500.
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   Welcome, You have received some good suggestions here but on a mint pre 64 winchester model 70 I would probably put a good Leupold VX-III 3x9x40 in some leupold or redfield mounts on it. Back in the 60's that was pretty much the trditional setup on nice rifles like that so to me I would want the traditional look instead of the matte finish and fast focus eye pieces on some of the newer scopes. Try it and if the 40 mm bell requires the removal of the rear sight you could go with a 2-7x33. Just my .02
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This is the one I would put on it.  http://swfa.com/Leupold-4x33-FX-II-Riflescope-P3265.aspx
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 +1     That 4X would be traditional but with the newest in optics updates.
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I would go with Kahles CL 3-9x42 TDS or ballistic tower. Kahles CL is the best scope under $1000.
I have 3-10x50 and is at least as good as my Swaro 4-12x50. Cannot go wrong with Kahles CL
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Hello,
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+1 Zeiss...with a 4a reticle
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Originally posted by brilite brilite wrote:

Hello,
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HEY !!!! that isnt a SWFA web site Loco
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This may mark the first time I kinda agree with Chuck Hawks on anything optical, but VX-3 is a nice scope and a viable contender.  Still I would have preferred it if he did something other than re-word Leupold's marketing literature.

As far as actual recommendations go, some time ago I put together a set of recommendations for different price ranges.  Perhaps you will find it useful:


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