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Hi all, I just recently joined, although I have been reading various posts on here for a while. I just recently got a Savage LRP in .260 and need to get a scope for it. I will probably be taking the gun hunting from a stand as well as to the ranging, shooting anywhere from 100 to 1000 yards. While hunting, I would be shooting less than 400 yards. I know many people don't line all around guns, but this is what my budget will allow now, so I will have to make do. My budget for a scope is in $1500 range. What recommendations would you make?

Thanks,

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This would be my set up for said rifle, I know others will chime in with other options. This would be a good all around set-up.


scope
http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-3-15x42-Tactical-Rifle-Scope-P62238.aspx

rings
http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-Tac-30mm-1-Rings-P47905.aspx

I also like these rings
http://swfa.com/Aadland-Dual-Lug-30mm-Rings-P64836.aspx

base ( I think this is the correct one for your rifle)
http://swfa.com/EGW-HD-Picatinny-Rail-1-Piece-Scope-Mount-P49054.aspx

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Hey Jim, the SWFA 5-20X50 may work out for you, if you want FFP.

http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-HD-5-20x50-Tactical-30mm-Riflescope-P51642.aspx

For SFP, the Vortex PST series could be a good match for your uses, and save a bunch of money.


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1st recommendation  made by Bitterroot Bulls would get my ditto for the 1st as well -
SWFA SS HD 5-20x50 Tactical 30mm Riflescope Illuminated Mil Quad SWFA SS HD 5-20x50 Tactical 30mm Riflescope
Stock # - SSHD520X50MQI
  • Patented First Focal Plane Illuminated Mil-Quad Reticle
  • 30mm
  • HD Model
  • Locking Ocular Adjustment
  • 0.1 Mrad Elevation & Windage
  • 10 Mils Per Revolution
  • 30 Mils Of Total Travel
  • Side Focus
$1,499.95 
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http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-HD-5-20x50-Tactical-30mm-Riflescope-P51642.aspx
 
 
 
If you think 5X is to much on the low end for your hunting then the 3-15x42 Bigdaddy mentioned goes as my 2nd choice.
 
SWFA SS 3-15x42 Tactical Rifle Scope SWFA SS 3-15x42 Tactical Rifle Scope
Stock # - SS315X42MQ
  • Matte Finish
  • First Focal Plane
  • Patented Mil-Quad Reticle
  • 30mm Tube
  • Side Focus (6m-infinity)
  • OK for .50cal
  • .10 Mrad Turrets
$699.95 
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 Then, as we all like choices, here are a couple others that might fit the bill. 
IOR 4-14x50 Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope IOR 4-14x50 Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - 414531
  • Matte
  • Illuminated MP-8 Dot
  • 30mm
  • Second Focal Plane
  • Exposed Knobs
  • Side Focus
  • MIl Adjustments
$1,495.00 
http://swfa.com/IOR-4-14x50-Tactical-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P51896.aspx
Weaver 4-20x50 Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope Weaver 4-20x50 Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - WEA800380
  • Matte
  • Mil-Dot
  • 30mm
  • Side Focus
  • 0.1 MIL
  • First Focal Plane Reticle
$774.95 
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Thanks for the replies so far. I have read some good things on the SS scopes. Is there much of a difference in glass quality between the 3-15 and 5-20?
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Yes, there is a huge difference.
 
The 5-20 boasts HD lenses. This will supply you with the utmost clarity when observing your target image.
 
The 3-15 is a very good scope, I love the one that I have. But it is not HD. The difference is noticeable.
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you guys should come out with a HD version :)
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Yeah. HD + low turrets. Just kidding. I've never found the lack of either to be an impediment.

Norcalnewb, I know you're not going to want to hear this but really reconsider the idea of a one-size-fits-all rifle. It's just not that great trying to hunt with a long-range capable rifle. Shoot the heck out of reasonably-priced rifle with a scope like the SS 3-9 until you're bored stiff with hitting everything you can under 500 yards in all kinds of conditions. By that, I mostly mean wind and the crappiest weather you can stand. I've learned more trying to fire 100 yards with iron sights in a blizzard with a 30 mph crosswind than I ever have noodling around with long range ballistics. And believe me, having authored a ballistics app, I messed around with that enough.

Most miserable hunting I ever did was with a custom 24" barreled rifle sporting an expensive scope. Best hunting has been with a "cheap" Tikka T3 Lite (although I spent more than the original price to upgrade with a Manners stock) and an SS 3-15.

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I have a couple of other rifles. An old savage .243 handed down to me by my father and ss Weatherby Vangard in .300 WSM. I hunt with both of these routinely. I also have a rem auto loading .270 that I don't shoot too much any more. This new rifle will be something to shoot at the range a bunch but also take on the occasional deer hunt, so I will make it an all around gun. If it doesn't work out as a hunting rig, then I should still have good gun for the range.
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Then by all means this is your best bet.
Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

SWFA SS HD 5-20x50 Tactical 30mm Riflescope Illuminated Mil Quad SWFA SS HD 5-20x50 Tactical 30mm Riflescope
Stock # - SSHD520X50MQI
  • Patented First Focal Plane Illuminated Mil-Quad Reticle
  • 30mm
  • HD Model
  • Locking Ocular Adjustment
  • 0.1 Mrad Elevation & Windage
  • 10 Mils Per Revolution
  • 30 Mils Of Total Travel
  • Side Focus
$1,499.95 
Add SWFA SS HD 5-20x50 Tactical 30mm Riflescope to Cart
More Details »

Optional Accessories :




http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-HD-5-20x50-Tactical-30mm-Riflescope-P51642.aspx
 
 
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I don't really like FFP reticles for target use.  The reticles get really big at high powers.

If that is your primary use for the gun, I would look at some SFP options.
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You name it: skis, computers, bikes, guns. There's a limit to versatility. Consider your major use case and optimize for that. Often times you can cover a wide range but sometimes at much greater expense, complexity or compromise.
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