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I invested some money in a Nikko Sterling scope (l8-32x50 Platium model for $179) last year and have returned it for poor clarity, haze to the company.  They warranty them so have sent the scope back and expect that I will be told that they don't have a replacement, but will offer me a credit.

 
I had bought the 8x32x50 for a mostly target use for my 22-250 Rem, but have moved a Burris Signature 4x16x44 to that Rifle, a Pentax Lightseeker 2.5-10x50 to my 338 Remington Ultra Mag, have a old Weaver 4x on the Savage Model 99, but need a good scope on a new Marlin 1895 in 45-70.  If I was to purchase the scope from SWFA would buy either a Burris Fullfield II 2-7x35, or a Bushnell 3200 elite 2-7x38 since my budget would be less than $200, and expect a $179 store credit, here is my choices from this company:
  • Nikko Sterling- 1.5-6x44 Illuminated Reticle Zip Focus Matte Black Scope $70
  • Hakko 3-9x40 Smooth Body Blue Ring or  3-9x40 Illuminated Blue Ring $89 Similiar to Millet?
  • Smith and Wesson:  Smith & Wesson 1.5-6x38 Shotgun Scope $99 (eye relief 5.5")
  • Redfield:  Golden Five Star 3-9x40 $129 or Illuminator 3-9x42 Duplex Reticle $179
  • Simmons:  1.5-5x32 ProDiamond $59, ProHunter 2-7x32 $40, or 3x28 WTC Illuminated Reticle Pistol Scope $90
  • Doctor Optics:  3-9x40 1" Tube, German #4 Reticle or Duplex $299
I checked with Redfield an they will honor the Redfield scopes even tho they are discontinued new models
 
I'm leaning to the S&W 1.5x6x38 and would put it on a XS Leverrail and their sights, and quick disconnect rings.  Looks like it will accomadate just about any type of scope, so believe the 5.5 " of eye relief won't be a problem?
 
Anybody got a opinion?Disapprove
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We got a lot of opinions on here, friend!! 

Nikon Buckmaster or Burris FF II.
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Thanks for the feedback, I believe the Burris FF II will be my choice

 

I guess I'll stop looking for the ultimate bargin with cheap scopes!

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Buris FF II - This IS the ultimate bargain in inexpensive (as opposed to cheap) scopes.

 

Your choice of mounts is very important, if you will be using heavy loads in your .45-70.   You might consider Leupold Quick Release mounts.  They can take a real pounding (on my .338 magnum, for example), and still keep zero.

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Longhunter:

Good call on the Leupold QR mounts!!

I used them very successfully on a Sako .300 Win mag.

 

Albuquerque Bil:

Give SWFA a chance to earn your bidness...

(They are ONLY the best optics supplier on planet earth AND the host of this fine website.)  

http://www.riflescopes.com/departments/203/rifle_scopes/burr is_rifle_scopes/burris_fullfield_ii_rifle_scopes.htm

 

Best of luck!!

Please keep us in the loop on your purchase.

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The 45-70 has a lot of recoil. I have one on an Encore pistol with a Burris 1x short mag. My recommendation is to stay with a fixed power because they do not have the moving parts that a variable has and should take more abuse. I think that a fixed 2x or 4x or 6x would be the way to go as the gun is usable out to about 150 yds, and 200 is really pushing it, after that it's a morter - (really sharp trajectory fall off), but up close it's a wonderful thing.
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