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I would like the generally accepted opinions of say the top 3-4 brand/model scopes for the following price ranges.
1. $150.00-300.00
2. $350.00-500.00
3. $550.00-700.00
4. $750.00-1000.00
5. $1100.00-15000.00
Or would it be easier if accurate by saying who has the better glass quality and then just choosing by the price level of the brands/models in that group. Example, the top ranked brands/models in the $1000.00 range would still be in the same order as the brands in the $400.00 range?
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Mainly curious, but also I'm trying to get a handle on which brand/models are worth considering when buying. Insted of going by just familarity, brand popularity, and price. Example, I've seen some info on here about vortex vipers and SWFA's super sniper being great scopes, but otherwise I would have dismissed them.
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Are you looking for hunting or target scopes in these categories?

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A member of ours has compiled a list that I think you'll find interesting.
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I thought of being able to use it for both, but from reading here I'm coming to the conclusion that it's best to keep the 2 seperate. I guess primarily for hunting, but still be able to shoot paper say to 500-600 yards?
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Also, thanks Lucytuma. That helps some on the brands in those price ranges.
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We can certainly respect and restrict the answer to just consider glass quality for a certain price. But there is so much more to a scope than that, that I wonder how useful this info will be. For example, given the type of shooting I do and the rugged terrain I lug my rifle through, you would not be able to convince me there's a better scope under $2K than the NF 2.5-10X32.

However, if you stated, "I only shoot out to 300 yards using a MPBR zero," I'd say there's nothing better than a 4X Schmidt & Bender, although I'd go for a 4X Zeiss Conquest (if they still made it) or even a Leupold FX-II. Point is, you can start with glass, but at every price point, you will then need/want to branch out into other attributes of the scope. Better to start from the best imaginary fit for the majority of your shooting and then find the scope that fits those criteria best at a price you can comfortably afford.


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