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Hey, This is Bill, I'm a beginner hunter from Vermont. I posted this question somewhere else in here, but I can't find it or the responses.  I’m just looking for some advice on a new riflescope. I have a Browning Lightweight Stalker that my wife bought me last year. I’m still a bit of a noivce, only been out with my friends a couple of times. I do know that I could use a new scope and I have a few bucks to spend. Could anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!
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 Welcome to OT, Bill!
What caliber is your rifle and what kind of shooting/hunting will you be doing with it?
 What scope do you have on it now, (if any) and what don't you like about it, (if anything)?
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  Hey Bill,
  I honestly don't remember seeing your post. So WELCOME to OT!  Thunbs Up


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Bill, pay attention to these guys.  They know their stuff.  But don't brag about your insane accuracy on a box test!  (A reference to an ongoing thread on here!)  LOL!
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The are  nice 4x32 Zeiss Conquests for reasonable money.  That might be old school to some, but will work well in the brush.
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Hey Ronk, It is a .243 I believe. I had an older borrowed scope, which I think was maybe made by Tasco. it seemed like a real cheapie. This will be for mostly long-range hunting and definitely some target practice at an outdoor range. Thanks for getting back to me. I've never used this forum before, so I wasn't sure how active it was. Thanks -- Bill
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 A lightweight bolt-action rifle chambered in .243 Winchester, (Make sure that's actually what it is before you fire it!), is a fun and effective rifle to carry and to shoot, as recoil is pretty mild even in a light-weight firearm.
 It should be good for long-range work on small or large varmints or medim range deer-sized game, (if it proves to be accurate enough for those disciplines.)
 It is not a good elk cartridge in most reasonable scenarios.
 The 4X Conquest suggested by silver would be a great choice for most purposes, as would this :  http://swfa.com/Bushnell-125-4x24-Elite-4200-Rifle-Scope-P11605.aspx
 or something on that order.
 
You probably don't want to overwhelm that light a rifle physically by mounting a huge, heavy scope on top of it.
 
 A 3-9x or a 2.5-10x would not be way out of line though, and the higher-end magnification might be useful for some shooting, (but that is often somewhat overrated for general big-game hunting.)
 
Just a thought- unless you have a very experienced mentor with a great deal of free time, please seriously pursue a Hunter Education Course, offered by most State Wildlife agencies, and many gun clubs, etc.
 
You will be very glad you did!
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okay.... I have to say this..... outdoorsinvt, it's pretty darn important to know EXACTLY what the caliber is!  I would hate for you to buy the wrong ammo and have an accident happen.  So would anyone who happens to be standing around you when you touch one off!

I'm not very familar with Vermont, so I'm guessing here, but I think you'll be mostly hunting the woods, so a high magnification scope isn't what you need.  So the before mentioned 4x would probably work well.  A 3-9 would probably also work fine.  If you are trying to keep the cost down, the Nikon Primos would be a good choice!
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  +10 on the hunter safety course(which may be required as in my state)and in VERIFYING the proper cartridge for you rifle!
 
   Here's another variable scope choice that would seem appropriate for Vermont(or most anywheres):
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The Bushnell Elite series would serve you VERY WELL......................
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