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Since this is OpticsTalk and we have a wealth of knowledge here, i thought it would be cool to see how people rank their top scopes under $1000. I wanted to keep it under $1000 because im assuming most of us don't have the funds to buy all high end stuff (USO, S&B etc).

So if you had to rank your top 3 scopes for under $1000 what would they be?

This is HUNTING. I will post a similar topic in the tactical scopes thread for tactical scope rankings shortly.


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We'll make this HUNTING. I'll post a similar thread in the Tactical forum for Tac Scopes.  
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$1000 is a little on the high side still for most folks.....My guess is a Kahles scope is gunna win
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I just bought a Kahles CL 3x10x50 MultiZero Brand New , Box, etc. 3 weeks ago.. But Lucytuma is right, they are almost gone...So my vote is Kahles CL, Zeiss Conquest 3.5x10x44 Rapid Z 600, Zeiss Conquest Rapid Z 800. I like them all equally well too. Also a Swaro Amer. 3x10x42 4A. They are all great and I really do not need anything more honestly.....Fact, there are some pretty darn nice 400 and 500.00 scopes out there. The Zeiss 3x9 would be one...



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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

New or used?

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Swaro Z3 on SWFA's website is just over that $1k mark, so I will skip those.

Under $1k, I think top hunting scopes are probably Trijicon Accupoint 3-9x42 for allround use and 2.5-10x56 for low light, assuming you plan to mount these on rifles without too crazy of a kick.

For applications requiring a little more eyerelief, Sightron S3 3.5-10x56 would be recommendation for low light, and either Elite 6500 2.5-16x42 or Burris SixX 2-12x40 for allround use.

Generally speaking, here are my recommendation for under $1k in a number of different categories:

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For me:
 
1.  Swarovski AV/Z3 3-9X36 w/ #4 reticle (o.k., it's a shade over $1K, but I got mine for less and I'm sure I can again with a little persuasion).
2.  Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10X44 w/ #4 reticle
3.  Trijicon Accupoint 3-9X40 w/ amber or green BAC triangle (mine is amber but I like green really well too).
 
If the new SS 1-4X24 is as good as I think it is and is priced around what I think it is, it might occupy a space on my top 3 scopes under $1K.  I hope to find out really, really soon, as I'm about to go insane with anticipation.
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1  Kahles CL 3x10x50 MultiZero
2 Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x44 Rapid-Z800
 Don't need a number 3 if I have both of these. They do everything I ask.
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I was going to include the Kahles CL 2-7X36, but since Scooter said we could only include new scopes and Kahles discontinued the CL line and all other 1" tubed scopes, I didn't think they could be considered.
 
If they could, I would rank Kahles CL even with the Swaro in the #1 position.
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Under $1000 gets into a realm of scopes I don't have much experience in.  My Swaro AV 3-10x42 is really the only "hunting" scope I have that goes for much over $500.... I guess the 3.5-10 Conquest I used to have was about $700 come to think of it...
 
ANYWAYS... I'm a noob here, and honestly don't have the experience to say much about the $1000 level scopes.  So I won't, other than that my AV kicks butt so far. 
 
But I will say this.  If mounting considerations don't kill it, the Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 is the best under $500 scope I've seen or used.  DAMN those things rock!!  It would have to make my list of 3; it's got it all, from stellar optics, great mechanicals, and generous and forgiving eye relief. 
 
 
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Swaros have been wonderful for me so I'd have to rank them at the top.
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Originally posted by Monster Monster wrote:

$1000 is a little on the high side still for most folks.....My guess is a Kahles scope is gunna win


I wanted to read on but I just cant seem to make myself navigate past your avatar!
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I think for these types of threads to be relavent, they need to be broken down into intended use categories:
 
Long range hunting
Low light hunting
Brush hunting
Mountain hunting
Etc.....
 
Trijicon
Bushnell (4200/6500)
Zeiss Conquest series
 
Hunting wise I can do pretty much anything I need to do with a Trijicon 3-9x40 Accupoint crosshair/dot for most hunting situations and a Bushnell 6500 2.5-16x42 for long range DOA
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On the SS 1-4, I just heard from SWFA.  They will have a version with turret caps, but this will come out after the regular version comes out.  I am sure it will be worth the wait.

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I don't touch these types of questions... total subjectivity.
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As far as hunting scopes go I don't think it takes much money to get a good one.  I like the following two scopes and they can easily be had for less than $300. 
 
Burris Fullfield II with ballistic plex
Nikon Buckmaster with BDC
 
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

I don't touch these types of questions... total subjectivity.


That's the great thing about this imo. It's not a competition so much as it is what each has experience with. I'd hope most of the people knew something or had trigger time with their selections.

My first $500+ scope was just purchased 2 weeks back for my custom Remington700 build. I went with the Bushnell 6500 2.5-16x Tac model after A LOT of research. Until this point i had used mainly the 200-400 variety. I'm super excited to get the rifle (still about 2 months wait) and try everything out.
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Teddy has also added a proper perspective. Good job.
 
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Teddy has also added a proper perspective. Good job.
 
Doug
Thanks. 
 
I've been pretty happy with the scope I've mentioned.  My other favorite scope under 1K would be a bushnell elite 3200 10x.  It'd be tough to use for hunting inside 100 yards because it's a fixed 10x, but if it was a long range hunt I'd consider that scope also. 
 
I buy good scopes that hold their zero, but I don't spend more than I feel that I need to. 
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