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Hi everyone-

 

I know everyone likes to throw around ideas for new scopes, so let them fly!  I have a couple of different ideas, but I'd like to see what everyone else thinks.

 

I'm looking for a scope for a Browning A-bolt Hunter .243.  I'll be hunting over a variety of conditions and will probably use it quite a bit at the range.  I like the idea of having something 10X+ to eliminate the need for a spotting scope at the range, but I also like the idea of having a smaller, lighter scope and spending less.  Additionally, I'm also thinking about a cheaper, higher powered scope on this rifle initially, and then putting it on a .17HMR later and purchasing a new, higher quality scope for the .243 later.  I'm looking to spend between $100-400.

 

At this point, in no particular order, I'm thinking of the

 

Bushnell 4200 3-9x40 @ 260

Burris FFII 3-9x40 (with binocs) @ 199 (I'm binocularless at this point)

Nikon Monarch 3-9x40 @ 200 (from sample list)

 

If I got any of those, they would just stay on the .243 indefinitely.  I had a FFII and loved it (but it was stolen along with the rest of my collection), so I'm a bit partial to that.  However, if the 4200 or the Monarch are a substantial step up and are worth it, you might be able to convince me of that. 

 

Any ideas and justification for them would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

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Burris Fullfield with binocs is hard to beat.  I just bought one and sole it because I decided to get the 4.5-14 Fullfield II for a Ruger 77/17hmr.  I really like it.  The 3-9 is a very good scope though.  It just was not in the magnification range I wanted.  Someone made the comment that it might be hard seeing holes in paper at the range at 9x.......That got me to thinking and I made the decision to buy the 4.5-14.  I am a big fan of the Burris scopes and feel that they are a good value.

 

hope this helps.... 

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How are those binoculars?  I got the FFII with the spotting scope a couple of months ago and have been less than impressed with it.  However, you are correct, the FFII is fantastic!  I'm a huge fan, but I am thinking about trying some others out... :)
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The 4200 is the best scope out of the three, better glass and features.
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Bushnell 4200 is very hard to beat. I also have it and a burris. I am happy with both of them. The Burris is on a ruger 77/17 and a killer on those little p. dogs.
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I ordered a Bushnell 4200 4-16x40...should be in this week .  I will post how I like it.......Will probably end up on a 22-250, movinb a Signature Select 3-12 to my 25-06.  I think the 4200 will have better glass from what I hear....
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This is easy. If you know you want to switch the scope to a 17, do not spend alot of money.  Any reasonably priced scope can handle the recoil of a 243 and the optics should satisfy your needs for both unless you are shooting prarie dogs, which I doubt.  Go with a Simmons scope, which will be perfect for the 17.  And if you are really interested, you can get a sweet 17 from Cabela's or BSA to take into accout the ballistics of a 17.  But, I get along great with an inexpensive 3x9 with my 17 and at 100 yards can place 3 shots in a dime size group all day long.
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The Nikon Monarch and the Bushnell 4200 Elite are both pretty nice scopes, how much more of a nicer scope do you want to up grade to later ?  The Burris FF is a good scope just not in the class of the other two.  Personally, if it was me I'd opt for the 4200 Elite for the Browning and then get a cheaper scope later on for the .17.

 

Most high powered rifle scopes are paralaxed at 100 yards and for a .17 hmr you may want a scope that has an adjustable objective and the ability to focus at closer distances.  I put a Mueller 4-16x50 on my .17 hmr and I am happy with the scope.  It is not an excellent scope, but it is better than any Tasco or Simmons I've looked through. I use the gun for small varmits and about the furthest shots I've taken is about 150 yards.  I put the more expensive scopes like ( Zeiss, Pentax, Elites) on my deer rifles but for the .17 the Mueller works well.

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