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I was wondering if anyone had any advice on which scope is best for low light low light. I hunt in SC where most shots are 100-300 yds usually dusky dark.Budget is $200-300.  Alot of local hunters have switched to Nikko Sterling.
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A lot of modern scopes will work fine for legal light.  Unfortunately, a lot of scopes that have good enough glass have overly thin reticles that are hard to pick up.

Look for something with a fairly thick reticle.  For example, Hawke Endurance 30 3-9x42 is probably a good way to go:

Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9x40 with Firefly reticle is a pretty good choice:


Alternatively, you could go for a higher quality fixed magnification scope with a thick reticle, like IOR Hunting 4x32 either with the #4 or with post reticle.  

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Bushnell Elite 3200 30mm 3-9x50 German #4 reticle is a very good low light scope.Another good option is the firefly reticle available on the Elite series scopes.The raingaurd is also a plus.  
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In your price range, I would get the scope with the boldest reticle and not worry so much about the optical differences.
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In that price range I've have very good luck with the Simmons AETEC MS 2.8-10x44 illum, decent optics and the one on my ranch beater .358 Ruger Hawkeye has seen LOTS of ATV miles and quite a bit of shooting and still works great.
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Originally posted by 1911man 1911man wrote:

In that price range I've have very good luck with the Simmons AETEC MS 2.8-10x44 illum, decent optics and the one on my ranch beater .358 Ruger Hawkeye has seen LOTS of ATV miles and quite a bit of shooting and still works great.
I would also include the Weaver Classic Extreme 2.5-10x50 illuminated scope.This scope is a little on the heavy side but is built solid.Optics are as good as the Bushnell Elite 4200.I believe both scopes are a good choice for low light shooting.   
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