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Hey guys, need some advice on what I need to look for in a scope for a bolt rifle. I have a Mossberg 4x4 30-06 that has some low end 3-9X40 Bushnell on it. A friend of mine has already told me he wants it for his .22. I'm gonna wiat until after Christmas to see how much money I have to play with. I don't really have a budget; well less than $500.
 
I'm having a hard time justifying what I WANT to what I can get. Let me explain. This is what I WANT:
 
 
Its the Bushnell 4200 Elite 2.5-10X50 with illuminated 4A reticle. It's $5 BILLS. Reason i have a hard time justifying it is because I can get a Zeiss Conquest for that price; and I'm sure the glass is hands down better with the Zeiss.
 
As a matter of fact, I just received my Conquest 3-9X40 today from SWFA! Its going on my Browning BAR in Pyro6999's FAVORITE caliber (.270) he he
 
I really like the 4200 w/ illuminated reticle. I think I'd like to try the 4A as well; but its price is what is making me think twice.
 
So with ALL that said here's what I'm looking at:
4200 3-9X40 for $260
 
Primos 3-9X40 for $200
 
Or Monarch 3-12X42
 
I think I'd like to had just a little more power like the Monarch.
 
 
But here's what I don't know. I know it just a matter of preference and what I decide on but I'm concerned about the fit on the rifle. How it mounts, eye relief, making sure the bolt doesn't interfere with ejecting and chmabering a new round.
 
With the above listed 3 scopes, would one fit the rifle better?? I'm also on email alert for the Weaver Classic with a different online source. I read great things about them as well. I'm MOST concerned about the scope fitting the rifle PROPERLY as this is my first bolt. Thanks---Bboy623
 
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http://swfa.com/Bushnell-25-10x50-Elite-4200-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P6909.aspx Bushnell 4200 Elite 2.5-10X50 with illuminated 4A reticle.  This would be a very nice choice and well worth considering.  How you hunt really determines what scope is right for you.  I recently bought a Bushnell 4200 for a 30-06 that I gave my son for Christmas. The model I selected it the 4-16x40 and I dont mind giving up a little on the low end to get so much more on the high end. That model has recently been improved and now has side focus and 1/4 moa click short target knobs which can be used to dial in correction.  Other scopes I would consider for your rifle that you have not mentioned are the 3-9x42 Super Sniper with tactical knobs and the Trijicon Accupoint fiber optic and tritium illuminated scopes some of which can be found used on the samplelist at times.  An illuminated reticle is very helpful in low light or brush. The 4200 is very nice glass and the Zeiss may be better but we are not talking about it being a lot better it's very close so you would not be disappointed with either one.
SWFA has a low price guarantee and they sell Weaver to if you decide you want one.
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Ur----Thank you for your reply and I'll keep the 4-16X40 Bush 4200 in mind as well. I also believe you or another member posted on a different thread of mine about Kenton Industries' target knobs for replacements. I'll have to keep that in mind as well.
 
I guess my question is not so much what scope to choose or advice on a scope as it is as to what to look for when selecting a scope for a bolt action rifle. Do I need to look for a shorter or longer scope? I plan on Talley Mounts...but is there one kind of mount that works better on bolts than another? Any one have a Mossberg 4x4 bolt rifle?? I'd love to hear what you have on it and love even more if you had a pic! Heck, I guess one bolt rifle is about as good as another....so can ya'll show me some of your setups so I can get an idea as to what I want. I'll be deer hunting with gun.---Bboy623
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Regarding the Talley mounts:  the Lightweights are hard to beat and simple to install.
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What you need to look for depends on how you hunt more than any other factor.  Next is the scopes ability to hold its zero this is more important than having the best glass. Weaver scopes are legendary for reliably holding their zero and they are not expensive glass but they are deadly scopes.  In low light or heavy brush you can benefit from having an illuminated reticle like a Trijicon accupoint, and the closer the deer is to you the less power you need it is hard to get on target under 100 yds with the power set much more than 6x.  A 6x42  has a 7mm exit eye pupil and is as bright as a scope can be, I have a 6x42 Leupold VX3 on my hunting rifle tough scope very little to go wrong great bright glass.
Bolt action rifles are typically scoped and most scopes work well on them sometimes you need to go to a special type of rings but there are charts by manufacturer that tell you what mount works.
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