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    Posted: August/26/2015 at 14:49
I am looking to buy a scope for my .270. I live and hunt mostly in South Florida. I want something that I can use both for Deer & Hogs. I don't plan on shooting out past 150 yards but when out hog hunting I might need to take closer shots in thick brush. What magnification would be best for this? Would I be able to have the best of both worlds? I don't want to spend more than $400.
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A Leupold VX-R 3-9x or 2-7x maybe?  

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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

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A Leupold VX-R 3-9x or 2-7x maybe?  



Here is where I was not sure. Will 3-9 be too much for the thicker areas? Will 2-7 not be enough when out to 150 yards?


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Originally posted by SouthFLHunting SouthFLHunting wrote:

Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

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A Leupold VX-R 3-9x or 2-7x maybe?  



Here is where I was not sure. Will 3-9 be too much for the thicker areas? Will 2-7 not be enough when out to 150 yards?

Which one will have a better balance to accomplish both requirements?

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Yes, the 2-7x would be great. I just recommended the VX-R 3-9x because I have one. 

Either way, I'd go with the Firedot #4 reticle. I have the Firedot Duplex which works very well for me, but the #4 is superior for lower light and in brush. IMO. 
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Welcome to the OT SouthFLHunting! Mark's recommendation of the VXR with the #4 is solid. Either variant will work great. If your max ranges are around 150 yards, you don't need a lot of magnification. If you could save a bit more (or watch the Samplelist here) a Trijicon Accupoint would also be nifty. Good luck.
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I've done some hunting down there. 7x is plenty for 150 yards. Most such shots would probably taken without taking it off 2x. I wouldn't got over 2.5x on the low end. A heavy, thick reticle (or illuminated if it works for you) is a necessity.
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Thanks everyone for you're replies. I am going to go with the Leupold VX-R 2-7x33mm. Now I am not sure if to get the Ballistic FireDot or FireDot #4. For What I want to use it will the Ballistic FireDot be too much?
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For your stated intentions, the Firedot #4 would be ideal. The Firedot is a fantastic illumination system in it's own right and the thicker post's of the vaunted German #4 will help in the brush, IMO. 

The ballistic Firedot is more suited for open terrain and longer shots than what you described. 
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

For your stated intentions, the Firedot #4 would be ideal. The Firedot is a fantastic illumination system in it's own right and the thicker post's of the vaunted German #4 will help in the brush, IMO. 

The ballistic Firedot is more suited for open terrain and longer shots than what you described. 


Thanks for you're reply. The last thing I need is a good mount and rings. This is going on a Weatherby Vanguard S2. Any suggestions?
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Not sure which action you have, but these are all the rage these days. I LOVE 'EM. 


Ring and mount all in one. $40 and your done. You'll need the lows, or even the extra lows. 


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I'd also recommend popping some coin for the Alumina covers that Leupold offers. They are the best flip up covers I've ever used. 


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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Not sure which action you have, but these are all the rage these days. I LOVE 'EM. 


Ring and mount all in one. $40 and your done. You'll need the lows, or even the extra lows. 





This will be for a bolt action
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Right. I'm just not familiar with Weatherby actions, Vanguards and their differences, if any. You could call Talley and ask them directly, if your so inclined. Super nice folks down there. South Carolinian's, naturally. 

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Does anyone know anything about the Bushnell E3950? I know it is suppose to be a newer Elite model but wondering how it compares to the old 3200 series which is the new 3500 series now? looking to get a new scope and those both are in the price range. any help would be greatly appreciated
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Scope is very important thing in hunter equipment. I am found the best one for myself.  In my opinion, a hight  quality scope affect the result. I hope that you will find the best one for youself. Good luck!

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What are you trying to link, Sir? I pray it's not a link to another optics competitor, because that would be a violation of our rules here. 

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Its a link to ATN optics homepage. So not breaking rules, but his second post linking to ATN. Probably works for them and is trying to get the name out
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Originally posted by Mark Vick Mark Vick wrote:

Scope is very important thing in hunter equipment. I am found the best one for myself.  In my opinion, a hight  quality scope affect the result. I hope that you will find the best one for youself. Good luck!

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