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Low Light Rifle Scopes

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Forum Description: Centerfire long gun scopes
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Topic: Low Light Rifle Scopes
Posted By: johnboy74
Subject: Low Light Rifle Scopes
Date Posted: November/07/2009 at 11:48
I was wondering if anyone had any advice on which scope is best for low light low light. I hunt in SC where most shots are 100-300 yds usually dusky dark.Budget is $200-300.  Alot of local hunters have switched to Nikko Sterling.



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Posted By: koshkin
Date Posted: November/07/2009 at 16:44
A lot of modern scopes will work fine for legal light.  Unfortunately, a lot of scopes that have good enough glass have overly thin reticles that are hard to pick up.

Look for something with a fairly thick reticle.  For example, Hawke Endurance 30 3-9x42 is probably a good way to go:
http://swfa.com/Hawke-3-9x42-Endurance-30mm-Riflescope-P41108.aspx - http://swfa.com/Hawke-3-9x42-Endurance-30mm-Riflescope-P41108.aspx

Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9x40 with Firefly reticle is a pretty good choice:
http://swfa.com/Bushnell-3-9x40-Elite-3200-Rifle-Scope-P13146.aspx - http://swfa.com/Bushnell-3-9x40-Elite-3200-Rifle-Scope-P13146.aspx


Alternatively, you could go for a higher quality fixed magnification scope with a thick reticle, like IOR Hunting 4x32 either with the #4 or with post reticle.  

ILya


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Posted By: Randall45
Date Posted: November/09/2009 at 08:25
Bushnell Elite 3200 30mm 3-9x50 German #4 reticle is a very good low light scope.Another good option is the firefly reticle available on the Elite series scopes.The raingaurd is also a plus.  


Posted By: Roy Finn
Date Posted: November/09/2009 at 23:18
In your price range, I would get the scope with the boldest reticle and not worry so much about the optical differences.


Posted By: 1911man
Date Posted: November/10/2009 at 07:46
In that price range I've have very good luck with the Simmons AETEC MS 2.8-10x44 illum, decent optics and the one on my ranch beater .358 Ruger Hawkeye has seen LOTS of ATV miles and quite a bit of shooting and still works great.

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Posted By: Randall45
Date Posted: November/10/2009 at 09:05
Originally posted by 1911man 1911man wrote:

In that price range I've have very good luck with the Simmons AETEC MS 2.8-10x44 illum, decent optics and the one on my ranch beater .358 Ruger Hawkeye has seen LOTS of ATV miles and quite a bit of shooting and still works great.
I would also include the Weaver Classic Extreme 2.5-10x50 illuminated scope.This scope is a little on the heavy side but is built solid.Optics are as good as the Bushnell Elite 4200.I believe both scopes are a good choice for low light shooting.   



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