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I did a terrible thing. I weighed a rifle I was happy with. I always suspected it was a little heavier than I set out to make it, but I like it in almost all other respects for the intended use. Now, I'm looking to shave several ounces or more.

I want a scope that is equal or better in low-light performance for woods deer hunting to a Burris Euro Diamond 1.5-6x40 3P#4. I want it to weigh somewhere in the neighborhood of half of what the Euro Diamond weighs, which is somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty ounces. It is a big neighborhood. Forty feet is enough field of view at 100 yards, but less would be unacceptable. I like heavy reticles. I like a scope mounted low on a bolt action, so honkin' big objectives are out.

I'm not much of a deer hunter anymore, so I'd like to keep it as much under $1000 as possible to ensure I actually go ahead with the purchase instead of some unrelated acquisition. If anyone would be so generous as to make a recommendation, I would literally appreciate the effort.
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As I get older, scopes keep getting freaking heavier!!!  Shocked   We now need a two pound rifle to carry a seven pound scope!!  With a fat ocular that won't allow a Mauser bolt-lift!!  Eek
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Look at the Leupold VX 3 and VX 6 scopes each of which has models within your weight and stated price ranges.  Swarovski Z 3 3-9x fits your criteria as well and optically is probably at least the equal of the VX 6 or better.
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What Rain man said. The VX6 is an incredible value and tough as nails.
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If your goal is 10 oz (exactly half your existing scope's weight, as you state), you'll have a hard time getting there with most decent scopes I'm aware of if you want at least 6X on the top end, but you can get within 2-4 oz. I don't know what your rifle is chambered in, so I don't know what magnification range is best suited to what you have. 

If the goal really is 10 oz: 
Leupold VX3 1.5-5X20 weighs 9.5 oz.

Leupold VX3 1.75-6X32 weighs 10.9 oz. 

Leupold VX3 2.5-8X36 weighs 11.4 oz.

If you're willing to live with a couple extra ounces:

Swarovski Z3 3-9X36 weighs 12 oz.

Leupold VX3 3.5-10X40 weighs 12.6 oz.

Trijicon Accupoint 3-9X40 weighs 12.8 oz.

Leupold VX6 1-6X24 weighs 13.4 oz.

All are very good scopes within your stated budget. I either currently own or used to own all the above scopes except for the VX6 1-6X24.

Leupold also has an "Ultralight" series V8-2 2-7X28 at 8.5 oz. I used to have one of them as well. I was never impressed with it optically, though I haven't used a recent generation of that scope.
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Thanks, y'all. The VX3 and Z3 look like they're worth an order and compare. Heavy duplex on one and #4 on the other. That Swaro is a nice looker.

Oh, and it's a .260 bolt action. I'm not much on shooting past 300. 6x is plenty for game, so I worry more about having plenty of FOV for the short stuff.
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