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Hello All,

 

I just inherited my Dad's great old left-handed Remington 700 with a 30-year -old Redfield/Widefield 3-9 scope on it. The scope is still in fine working order, but I'm wondering how much the technology has improved over the past 30 years and if I could do better with a new scope for under $200. Any recommendations? It doesn't have to be 3 - 9.

 

Much appreciated!

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Technology has changed enough to warrant replacing the scope in my opinion.  Granted if it is still clear (not fogged) and tracks well it would most likely be OK.  Also keep in mind that Murphy's Law tends to display its self more often while using 30 year old scopes.  My luck....it would crap out right when the new world record whitetail walked 50 yards in front of me.  That being said and taking into account your budget I would recommend these:

 

Burris Fullfield II 3-9x40 Ballistic Plex with FREE 20x50 Burris Landmark Spotting Scope......$197.95

Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9x40 FireFly.....$199.95

Leupold VX-I 3-9x40.....$199.95

Nikon Buckmaster 3-9x40....$199.95

Weaver Grand Slam 3-10x40...$249.95

Simmons Aetec 2.8-10x44....$129.95

 

Whatever you do, be sure and keep the old scope so that some day you can put it all back together in the original condition it was passed on to you.

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Thanks Chris. One more question if you don't mind. I've seen 3 - 9 power scopes, 2 - 10 power scopes and even 5 -15 power scopes (probably even higher) on Riflescopes.com. What are the pros/cons of going up in power?...
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Hey Eric, I read your post and thought of a few questions that might help before your scope purchase. What caliber is the rifle chambered for and what type of hunting/shooting did you plan on using the rifle for? With regards to your " pro/con" question, do you want the short version or the long version answer?
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Hi Roy,

 

The rifle's a .270 and I will probably hunt whitetailed deer with it (in North Central PA). Target shooting at a range of 200 yards or closer is also part of my plan (unless I can find a range longer than 200 yards!)

 

I'm all for "the long answer" Roy, if you have the time...

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For the set-up that you are describing I would reccomend a 3-9x40, then again I think this is the ideal set-up for everything but varmint hunting, Tactical applications, dangerous game hunting, and competitive target shooting.  The pros and cons you asked about are:  the higher the magnification, the narrower the field of view and you sacrifice a little speed; cheap variables are not as rugged as fixed power scopes, high-quality variables are every bit as rugged as high-quality fixed powers; lower powers are generally a little quicker to get on target; fixed power scopes are idiot proof; cheap variable don't always return to zero throughout the power range, high quality variables will have the same impact point regardless of power settings; the larger the objective the more light is gathered, the larger the objective the more it gets in the way.  There are other pros and cons, but these are what concern most people.  Incidentally, I prefer variables, but you would also be well served with a fixed 4 or 6x scope.

 

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Ranburr summed it up pretty well. Go with one of the variables that Chris outlined ( except the Leupold ). Don't limit yourself to a fixed power. I vote for the Elite 3-9x40 w/ FireFly reticle.

 

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