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Hi.  I am  in need of a scope for a 30/06 bolt action rifle.  I have  a Walmart gift card and am  considering the Nikon Prostaff and the Leupold Rifleman lines of scopes.  Which is the better of the two. 
They both appear optically similiar.  One thing that concerned me with the Nikon was that I could see the power adjustment ring screw and the rough surface of the inside of the scope while looking through it.  Is this normal?  Thanks in advance for the replies.
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Neither one would be my first (or second or third) choice.  What other scopes do they carry?  Both Burris Fullfield II and Vortex Diamondback are a fair bit better.

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I am with Koshkin and all the guys who say spend a bill more for something you can live with, and will last while providing good service.  I have $400 worth of stuff that I won't sell to others... as I would not want them sold to me.  If you have no better alternative, I would be forced to say prostaff... simply because the Rifleman's 1/2 inch MOA adjustments wouldn't cut it for me.  I am surprised they dont have some Bushnell Elite 3200's.  The 3200 has 1/4 moa finger adjustable turrets, couple choices in reticle, "a warranty".. for what it's worth, and 50 MOA max internal adjustment (same in the other two scopes).  I am not familiar with the QC issues that some have described with the ProStaff series of scopes, but maybe someone here can validate or dismiss that claim.  Good luck in choosing! Big Grin 
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How about the Nikon Buckmaster or Burris Fullfield II?  Also see a lot of press on the Vortex Viper.

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Vortex Viper is better than anything else mentioned in this thread.

Both Buckmaster and FFII are worse than the Viper, but better than ProStaff and Rifleman (by a solid margin).

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What do you guys think of the Burris Fullfield II withe the Electro dot reticle?  Any other real bargains I am missing?  Thanks again for the replies!
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I kinda got a bad taste in my mouth with Vortex... my fault really.  I bought one of their higher powered crossfire models and was not really satisfied.  Mechanically it was a very nice scope, but the resolution at anything above 14 power was not great, and at 24 was really quite bad.  As many of the Optics Masters have pointed out to me, the Vortex Viper's are not made in the same country and have vastly better internals than do the Crossfire models.  I have owned none of the three scopes you are mentioning, but I like the Burris Warranty and light transmission.  The Nikon Buckmasters seem to be nice scopes as well, I was seriously considering once recently.  The Vortex have very little bad said about them and allot of good, and the warranty is next only to Leupold so I understand.  I would say Vortex and Burris would be the two competitors of the three brands you mentioned.  Thats just gut talking, so take it for what it worth :)
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If all your going to be doing is hunting, then for the money the Burris is going to be tough to beat, IMHO.
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Thanks for the replies.  
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A quick look at the walmart online catalog shows they carry a large selection of rifle scopes in the $175 -$225 price line which would allow you to use your gift card.   A quick survey shows Bushnell 3200, Fullfield II, Buckmasters, VX-I Leupold and the weaver K and V series all a bit better than the two you mentioned IMHO. Of the two you mentioned I would go with the rifleman but would be tempted to go with a weaver K model or step up to a fullfield or vx-1.   If you are looking for a value scope and didn't want to use the gift card I just purchased a pentax pioneer from SWFA for $109 and am very pleased with it . The next step up will cost another $60 but the vortex viper on sale right now thru SWFA is considered a real bargain and the ones I have examined in stores leave me no reason to doubt the claims. Lots of pretty useable scopes out there for $200 plus or minus. Good luck

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