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Can anyone suggest a 3-9 that can take a beating and has a great warrenty under $350?

What features are the most important for durability? Etched reticles, capped turrets? 

I was thinking along the lines of a Burris FF2 E1.

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http://swfa.com/Nikon-3-9x40-Buckmaster-Riflescope-P42205.aspx

As well as the Burris you mentioned. Both will work well. 
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The new Leupold VX-2 should be a good choice @ around $300.
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 May not be exactly $350 but...................
 
 
Minox 3-9x40 ZA3 Riflescope Minox 3-9x40 ZA3 Riflescope
Stock # - MIN66004
  • Matte
  • German #4
  • 1"
  • Mail-In $50 Rebate
$398.95
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I agree with the VX2, if your going to abuse your equipment leupold offer one of the best warranties in the business.
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I missed the etched reticle part of your question. The Buckmaster has wire.
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Thanks for the answers.
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This one may be wire reticle as well, but it's been heralded as a solid scope.

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what kind of a beating are we talking about?
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You seldom see a  used Vortex Viper for sale. Those that have 'em, keep 'em.
A Viper beat all contenders in a torture test published in this forum a couple of years ago.
They have a sterling reputation and perfect warranty.
http://swfa.com/Vortex-3-9x40-Viper-Rifle-Scope-P51895.aspx
Vortex seems to be continuously updating their product line, so the link above may be for an older model...

Weaver Grand Slam scopes get good reviews across the web, but the terms of their limited lifetime warranty may lead one to an alternate choice. The  warranty is good only to the original purchaser and you need to maintain the sales receipt for service and pay $15 shipping for returns to Weaver. Weaver and their parent company ATK really need to re- think that warranty. There are just too many great scope choices out there today to be fiddling around with a second- rate warranty.
http://swfa.com/Weaver-3-10x40-Grand-Slam-Rifle-Scope-P591.aspx
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No offense, as I'm sure they're fine products, but I'm not drinking the Vortex anything kool-aid until they've been around a while longer.  It seems the first things out of people's mouths in regards to Vortex is "they have a stellar warranty".  That's true, but if that's the best that can be said about it something's missing.  For instance, last years Razor was priced at $1200.  I said it was a joke at the time and it was.  Who in their right mind would pay that price for that particular Vortex?  Maybe it's just me.  
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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

No offense, as I'm sure they're fine products, but I'm not drinking the Vortex anything kool-aid until they've been around a while longer.  It seems the first things out of people's mouths in regards to Vortex is "they have a stellar warranty".  That's true, but if that's the best that can be said about it something's missing.  For instance, last years Razor was priced at $1200.  I said it was a joke at the time and it was.  Who in their right mind would pay that price for that particular Vortex?  Maybe it's just me.  
So the razor scopes are a joke?  Care to elaborate on that?
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Razor binos.  I've never seen a Vortex scope.  Of the numerous optics our hunters have shown up with over the past 10 years I've never seen one of them show up with a Vortex anything.  
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I have several Vortex products that have withstood serious use, and I am as serious a hunter as anybody. This includes my Razor HD spotter and Viper riflescope. I am 100% confident in them and wouldn't hesitate to buy another. In fact, my next scope will likely be either a PST or HS LR.

I don't know how long they need to be around to be seen as legit in JG's eyes but Sheltered Wings, the parent company, has been around since 1989. Vortex continues to bring out high-performing products at lower prices than the competition, and continues to increase market share. They aren't going away anytime soon.
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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

Razor binos.  I've never seen a Vortex scope.  Of the numerous optics our hunters have shown up with over the past 10 years I've never seen one of them show up with a Vortex anything.  
Are you a professional guide or something?
 
Aren't we in the riflescopes section. Binos are not in question.
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Here's the link to Brock_Brett's torture test, mentioned above.
I don't own any scope I mentioned above, but do have some linked to by others...
http://www.opticstalk.com/topic15930.html
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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

Razor binos.  I've never seen a Vortex scope.  Of the numerous optics our hunters have shown up with over the past 10 years I've never seen one of them show up with a Vortex anything.  

Are the Razor binos really crap?  Those are the binos I'm currently saving up for.   I'd heard good things about those.  Good thing I read this before I shelled out all that money. 
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Originally posted by ckk1106 ckk1106 wrote:

Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

Razor binos.  I've never seen a Vortex scope.  Of the numerous optics our hunters have shown up with over the past 10 years I've never seen one of them show up with a Vortex anything.  

Are the Razor binos really crap?  Those are the binos I'm currently saving up for.   I'd heard good things about those.  Good thing I read this before I shelled out all that money. 
ck, I don't think JGR actually owns a pair of Razors, he just thinks the price is a joke. He also rolled out of the wrong side of the sleeping bag this morning.

If you are starting to second guess your choice of Razors, go to the Binocular threads and ask questions over there. Some really knowledgeable bino reviewers hang out in those threads, like Klamath, Bird Watcher, Bitterroot Bulls and numerous others. You'll get the straight skinny about Razors.
Also, here's a mini- review by Ilya Koshkin: http://opticsthoughts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47:binoculars-under-900&catid=2:the-rating-scale&Itemid=5
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I have/had no intention of turning this into a Vortex bashing.  I am not bashing anything about Vortex.  The point I was making is that I don't see where they offer anything that's not offered already/elsewhere by the long time established brands.  Maybe I'm wrong.  In regards to the Razor binos, they are great, but the problem is there are many, many great binos for less money that are just as good or better.  I dont know anyone who would pay $1200 for that bino when you can get a mint/demo Swaro SLCneu for $1100. 

SVT- not a professional or expert by any means, just guiding hunters for 10 years that my outfitter/neighbor books.  That's 100 hunters give or take that show up with lots and lots of glass that I get to check out.  Chasing aoudad and pigs starting this weekend BTW.

On the contrary, as Bitterroot has pointed out, the Vortex Razor HD spotter is fantastic. 
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 I still think that Minox is a heck of a deal.  Etched reticle to.
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Originally posted by ckk1106 ckk1106 wrote:

Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

Razor binos.  I've never seen a Vortex scope.  Of the numerous optics our hunters have shown up with over the past 10 years I've never seen one of them show up with a Vortex anything.  

Are the Razor binos really crap?  Those are the binos I'm currently saving up for.   I'd heard good things about those.  Good thing I read this before I shelled out all that money. 
They are good binos! I personally think they are worth the $. When you are ready to buy shoot a PM.
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 Leupold VX2 
PROVEN, crystal clear, no frills work horse
 Low profile turrents are less likely to take a blunt blow if dropped, kicked or banged.  
 
 
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Originally posted by 300S&W 300S&W wrote:

 
 I still think that Minox is a heck of a deal.  Etched reticle to.
Me too 
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i'm kind of likeing the Minox I really like their little mini spotting scope:
Minox 16-30x50 Spotting Scope Minox 16-30x50 Spotting Scope
Stock # - 62226
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