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Long time reader, but first post.

I have acquired a Thompson Dimension with 2 barrels, .300 Winchester Magnum & .243. The current scope is a Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x40.. Nice scope but I'm looking for something a bit better.

I've read a lot of good things on this site about a number of scopes. My concern is the recoil of the .300 WM.

I am considering a Bushnell 4200/4500, Leupold VX-3L, Vortex Diamondback HP or Viper, Conquest.

My price range max would be around $600, maybe a little more, but the item would need to be top shelf to hit the max.

I have a few scopes in the $150-$250 range I'm happy with but the .300 Win Mag puts out a beating.


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Great caliber choices, I shoot both regularly (my 243 is the "AI" version, steeper shoulder, 10% more powder).  
Your 300 will indeed decimate some less expensive scopes.

Several years ago Zeiss recommended I not put a Conquest on a light 300WM, they have since changed that tune, but I still don't do it.

I don't shoot Leupold products unless forced to, and no one forces me to just now, so cannot help there.  The Bushnell's should hold up fine.  I don't own those particular Vortex scopes but do own a few vortex scopes and several vortex optics, they stand behind their stuff.

Sorry I cannot be much help on particular scopes, but can congratulate you on picking the right calibers.
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I've had some Simmons on 300 Winchesters but I changed them out eventually...but they didn't crap out. I've had Bushnell 3200s and 4200s and a Redfield Widefield with no problems.  And that was years ago.  
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I would also check out the sample list. Might be a good way to stretch your dollar and get a better scope.

I would also consider the Meopta MeoPro.


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IIRC, back in my high school days I ran a Tasco World Class and later a Simmons 44 Mag on a .300 Weatherby. Both held zero for at least a season of being hauled up and down trees. I wouldn't worry about anything on the .300 unless it was very cheap China junk.

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I must be honest, even though I am going to sound very lazy and cheap.  My .300 win mag has a Vortex Crossfire II 6-18x44 AO on it.  Why?  Well, I decided to test the scope out to see how durable it was when Vortex first put out the Crossfire II.  That was a few years ago.  So far, after 4 years of hunting with it and about 300 rounds of target shooting later...it is still there.  Mainly because I can't find a reason to remove it!  I have killed both deer and coyote with it on my .300 WM, used it for shooting out to 665 yards...it tracked good and returned to zero. 

HOWEVER...the scope that I would recomend for the 300?  A Vortex Viper 6-20.  They are a very good scope for the money. 
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Welcome to Optics Talk. 

Nice set up you have there. 
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Meopta are very good scopes for the money in my experience and very solidly built.
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Welcome to Optics Talk. 

Nice set up you have there. 


Thanks much...one of the cheapest I own...also one of the best shooting.  Defies all kinds of rationale!
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Originally posted by jrhammo08sxt jrhammo08sxt wrote:

Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Welcome to Optics Talk. 

Nice set up you have there. 


Thanks much...one of the cheapest I own...also one of the best shooting.  Defies all kinds of rationale!

Savages are KILLING IT at my local range. Outstanding out of the box accuracy at a reasonable price. 
(Us Remington guys are running out of excuses...) Wink  
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In the sub $600 range, Meopta MeoPro would be at the top of my list. 3-9x40 and 3.5-10x44 are nice hunting scopes.

other options to consider are Sightron S2 Big Sky and Burris Veracity.


ILya


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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

In the sub $600 range, Meopta MeoPro would be at the top of my list. 3-9x40 and 3.5-10x44 are nice hunting scopes.

other options to consider are Sightron S2 Big Sky and Burris Veracity.


ILya



Would you also insert the Leupold VX-R in that grouping, Koshkin?  
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I did shoot the rings off of a 300 Winchester once  Laugh....but that was my fault!  Big Grin

While messing around with Redfield-style turn-in mounts, I had loosened up the big windage screws in the rear to get my scope lined up better while bore-sighting....

....but then we decided to move the bench to a more level piece of ground, and by the time we had gotten everything moved over ( benches, scopes, bullets, chairs, etc...) I forgot to tighten up the rear screws!  Bucky


The rear rings left this world with the back end of the scope up in the air!!   Yep, Thought So


( a little levity....)   
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Kickboxer owns that rifle now......   Smile
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Originally posted by jrhammo08sxt jrhammo08sxt wrote:

  My .300 win mag has a Vortex Crossfire II 6-18x44 AO on it.  Why?  Well, I decided to test the scope out to see how durable it was when Vortex first put out the Crossfire II.  That was a few years ago.  So far, after 4 years of hunting with it and about 300 rounds of target shooting later...it is still there.  Mainly because I can't find a reason to remove it!  I have killed both deer and coyote with it on my .300 WM, used it for shooting out to 665 yards...it tracked good and returned to zero. 


Some people get all the luck.
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Odd my signature didn't show up, or the emoticon I picked. Sweet looking set up though. I like savage, I have one of their .22s and am quite interested I their hog hunter.
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

In the sub $600 range, Meopta MeoPro would be at the top of my list. 3-9x40 and 3.5-10x44 are nice hunting scopes.

other options to consider are Sightron S2 Big Sky and Burris Veracity.


ILya



Would you also insert the Leupold VX-R in that grouping, Koshkin?  

Probably.  Optically, VX-R is not quite as good, I think, as MeoPro or S2 Big Sky, but the illuminated reticle is nicely done.

ILya
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Originally posted by Son of Ed Son of Ed wrote:

Kickboxer owns that rifle now......   Smile
Sure do… with Meopta Meostar R1… shoots little bitty holes all in the same spot...

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