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I have decided to purchase a Browning X-bolt in 30-06 caliber.  I was considering buying a Savage also. I have to decide on a scope. I am using it for whitetail deer.  Most of my shots will be from 20 to 200 yards. 
 
I am looking at purchasing a Zeiss or Leupold, but I am open to suggestions.  My price limit will be around $400.00.  This will be my first time buying a quality scope.  I have been using the $180.00 scopes or less, for the last 15 years. 
 
Every Novemeber I got to range to make sure my scope is on.  However, each year I am adjusting my scope.  I have had it where the scope could be 3 inches off and years where it is 6 inches off.  I take care of my equipment and I don't understand why this happens each year.  Maybe it has to do with the scope not being great quality?  I am a decent shot and I carry a gun for a living. I have checked the scope mounts and found no issues. (Maybe you guys can help me on this issue also)
 
I want to make a purchase of a Quality Scope ONCE!  That being said, i am prepared to spend a little money. 
 
Once I chose what scope to buy, i will purchase rifle and scope. I will then go to a reputable business to have the scope mounted properly.  Again, I am willing to pay more for this service. I am done with stores like Gander Mountain, Bass Pro, etc... , working on my firearms. 
 
Please share your advice. 
 
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might not be your scope... might be your ammo.  But I'm agree its time to upgrade your optics!!
 
if You could find a Conquest 3-9X40 you'd be real happy...  watch the samplelist.. although you don't have a lot of time before season I'm guessing.
 
 if you could up your budget some... this would be awesome deal:
 
Swarovski 3-9x36 Z3 Rifle Scope DEMO-B
Click to view 59033, Matte, 4A, 1"
$649.95
 
if you don't mind the reticle... this would be too and closer to your range:
 
Sightron 3-9x42 SII Big Sky Rifle Scope DEMO-B
Click to view SIIB3942HHR, Matte, Hunter Holdover Reticle
$379.95
 
another excellent choice:
 
Meopta 4-12x50 MeoPro Rifle Scope DEMO-B
Click to view 524380, Matte, Z-Plex, 2nd Focal Plane
$449.95
 
Bushnell 2.5-10x50 Elite 4200 Rifle Scope DEMO-B
Click to view 422106M, Matte, Fire Fly, Rainguard
$319.95
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For $400, it will be difficult to get a Zeiss or similar.  Leupold is a great company and has a range of offerings.  I have a vari-X III on an A-Bolt, and it's been rock steady for 20 years.  Scan auction sites for good deals.  I bought an x-bolt 25.06 a couple years ago and was able to score a Zeiss Victory 2.5-10×50 T*FL for a $1000 on an auction site.  Sierra Trading Post has a Brunton Eterna Rifle Scope Scope - 3x9x40mm, BDC Reticle for $369, which is 53% off.  Might be an option, check reviews for this scope.  Solid mounts and good practices in mounitng are also very important.  I bought the Talley lightweight alloy scope monts for the X-bolt and they are really solid. You won't be disappointed with the X-Bolt.  Great gun!

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By the way, I'm a cheesehead too, from Manitowoc, hunt near Park Falls.
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Welcome to Optics Talk, Gents. 

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Thanks for the suggestions.  I had a sightron scope on a Rem 700 7MM Mag for one year.  I like the scope. For whatever reason I traded it for a Rem 7400 Semi-Auto.  That was a mistake!
 
I will look into Leupold, Zeiss, Sightron. 
 
Any recomendations on Ammo? Any good round out there that is good for distance shooting as well as shooting through some brush?
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I use Federal premium, 150gr Nosler ballistic tip for my 7mm, and 115 gr Nosler Partition for the 25.-06.  It's on the expensive side to shoot a lot, but a box usually lasts me two-three years. 
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You could grab a Leupold VX3 2.5-8 that would be great for those ranges listed, be nice and lightweight, and might still have the free Carrhart jacket rebate going on.
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I should have given more info around my ammo blurb.  I should have added... once you find one your rifle likes(shoots well)  try to buy several boxes of the same lot... they should all shoot the same... at least close enough to deer hunt with out to 200 yds.
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Weaver Euro Super Slam 3X9X56, 30mm tube, #4 Illuminated Reticle, resettable exposed turrets and great glass.  Can be had for $389.00 if you look around.
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How do you like your X-Bolt ?
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meopta meopro 3-9x42 with #4 reticle. can b had for $399.    
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Darn you and that weaver suggestion.....I took a look, and although not certain how a #4 rericle will work with an ffp I found the price you mentioned and used the swfa 110% so I had to buy it. Not sure what rifle it will call home yet....maybe I'll need to buy one for it.
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For what its worth, the Weaver Super Slam Euro 3-9x56 does not appear to be side focus, although it is advertised as such, and says it on the box.  The side knob is looks to be for illumination only.....if someone knows of some way I am overlooking please let me know.  

I had read one review prior to ordering that said the same thing, however I thought they were referring to the 1-6 model.  When I called to order from SWFA, I asked to confirm it was side focus and they indicated it was, guessing you see it on the box and look inside and see a knob you assume its correct.

Also, I called Weaver this morning (or ATK), a real person answered, they attempted to transfer me to scopes but alas, no one was there and they will "call me back".  Im never hopeful in these situations, so will be good to see how Weaver's customer service is and what they will do. 

Otherwise, the scope will go back.
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