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So my wife finally approved my new scope budget.Argue It was about 1000 less than id hoped..(ha ha). The scopes im looking at are all around 300. Heres the list.
 1) Bushnell Legend Ultra 4.5-14x44 (SF)
 2) Burris Fullfield 2 4.5-14x42 (AO)
 3) Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14x40 (SF)
 
 I have found good and bad comments about Burris and Nikon but only came across 4 posts about the new Bushnells. They all seem to be decent scopes. Not sure if the Fullfield would take a flip-up scope cap due to the adjustable objective though. Does anyone know ? It seems from what I have read they all have good glass. With the biggest objective, would the bushnell be the best for low light conditions by default ?
 
 Any suggestions or opinions would be great. Oh.. its for my 300 mag. Strictly deer and elk hunting in various weather and ranges. Thanks. 
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I had option #3 on a .300 RUM Sendero. Worked like a champion and sold me on Nikon optics. 
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 I think ive seen a couple demo (b) ones on the sample List for about 250, but none right now. Only have till the 10th of October to get it set up.

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Should have added a fourth option. That Vortex DB 3.5-15x50 @ 250 looks interesting...Just gets harder in a good wayWhacko
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Vortex Viper 3-9x40 is 299.99 and is a great scope. My 2nd vote would be for the Nikon.

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One of my sons has been using that particular Burris for about 3 yrs now on a 30-06 and it has been excellent. crystal clear, and very good in low light. has held zero and tracks great. Awesome scope for the money if you can live without the flip up caps. I make no secret of the fact I am a huge Burris fan, but I do like Nikon too and feel you would be well served by option #3 as well. 
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Good info. I was leaning twords the Bushnell but know I dont know. I liked the idea of the raingaurd coating. I wish I could look at them all at the store and judge the glass but thats not possible.
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I would also take a look at the Vortex scopes. Very nice for the money.

This website would give you some good info as well.

www.opticsthoughts.com

Also I would stay away from scopes that have an adjustable objective or any other form of parallax adjustment. It is not necessary in a hunting scope and is just one more thing to deal with that might result in a missed shot on a trophy.
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Thanks sparky. Ill check that out. Ive never used a scope with an AO but they seem to get a lot of mixed reviews. The fact thats its more moving parts is worth considering though. As long as its clear through all magnifications,your probably right. I have heard some say that at 14x it is usefull.

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Have to agree with Sparky. Especially on bigger game like you will be hunting. Unless your setting up and shooting really long range a good 3-9x40 or something close to that will work great. Even the lower cost Diamondbacks have some good glass and very wide field of view.
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For strictly deer and elk hunting and I am guessing that max range is 300yds. I would not need anything over a 10x since that is similar to looking at your target at 30yds without any magnification. Would you feel comfortable in shooting either a deer or an elk at 30yds with iron sites?
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Good point again sparky. Ilya had some good info on that site. I am really liking the Vortex Diamondback now. A 3-10x50 for $250 seems like a no brainer. With a 50mm objective it should gather a lot of light. Still decent power and great costomer service. Sounds like the best of all worlds in that price range of under 300. Whatcha guys  think?
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There is a 2.5-10 Monarch on the Samplelist for $279. That is a good step up from the Buckmaster. I have this scope and enjoy using it. The Monarch does a good job in low light conditions also. For hunting large game I prefer not to have to deal with focus for the snap shots. I have the FFll also. It has good glass, Maybe sharoer image than the Nikon. I still prefer the Monarch to deer hunt with. Faster and Much wider field of view when needed for a close shot.  The only experiance with the Vortex scopes has been the Viper line. They are well worth the money.
SPL14996Nikon 2.5-10x42 Monarch Rifle Scope DEMO-B
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$279.95



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Thanks 3_tens. I will look now.
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LOL it's quickly turning into a needle in a haystack isn't it.
 
All the ones mentioned are worthy canidates.  Best additional advice I can give is to go to a local gunshop or sprting goods and look thru them side by side.  Do this outside under natural light and look at the same distant object.  Checking them out under in store flourescent light is very misleading... Good luck
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After reading reviews from around the web about the Diamondbacks, I have come across some negative ones. They all seem to be pre 2010 though. Does anyone know if they changed something ?
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