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i can get either a redfield revolution or bushnell 3200 elite in 2x7x32 for the same price (4 dollor deffrince ) about 155 for either ,will put it on 581 series ruger mini -14, which is better ? which would you choose ? and why?

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Pretty close on those two the 3200 has rainguard but no balistic reticle the redfield is available with a balistic reticle for a few dollars more than the duplex.  At 7x a balistic reticle can be really handy where balistic reticles seem to suffer is the high power variables because the reticle is usually only true at the max power of the scope and  7x is still low enough power to hold it and shoot without a rest so I would probably go with the balistic retilce.  Shame its not an AR as SWFA has a sweet deal on one with a mount but you could sell the mount to a buddy and still be ahead.

Redfield 2-7x33 Revolution Rifle Scope Kit
Redfield 2-7x33 Revolution Rifle Scope Kit
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  • Comes with SWFA S.S.A.L.T. 30mm / 1" Scope Mount & Redfield ScopeSmith Scope Cover

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Honestly, I've had both the Redfield you are looking at and a Bushnell Elite 3200 5-15x40 and the Burris FFII is a better scope than both of them by quite a bit for a similar price.

That said, of those two I think the Bushnell Elite 3200 has slightly better glass than the Redfield. What I don't like about it is that the adjustments were horribly inaccurate on it. Once it was zeroed it stayed zeroed, but it didn't track anywhere near accurately. I've talked to quite a few others that have had this experience as well so I'm pretty confident that it wasn't just my experience. To me this just showed a characteristic of the cheaper Bushnell's, and reminded me too much of them. It does have good glass though. If you are going to set it, and never touch it again, I think this is fine though. Another problem with these is Bushnells customer service is known for being pretty lousy.

Now onto the Redfield. I thought the glass was pretty decent looking at it during the day, but when the light started getting low, it started getting hard to see through the scope, and the reticle quickly started fading away. This was my only real complaint about the Redfield. It would get you to the end of legal hunting light in most area's, but it certainly wasn't what I'd call good in low light, just decent. I felt the 3200 beat it in this category. On the Redfield the turrets had a solid feel, but I never mounted it so I so can't comment on how it tracked. The next advantage to the Redfield is that it has Leupolds warranty, which blows Bushnells out of the water. What does worry me about this is I've had an extremely high failure rate with VX-I's as have my friends that have tried to use them. I know this isn't a Leupold VX-I, but both being lower end Leupolds, makes me skeptical. Since I didn't mount this one and sight it in I can't say this will be bad though, and lots of guys seem to use them successfully so this may not be a concern. So I think it really just depends on if you want the better glass and questionable customer service and bad tracking, or a little worse glass and better customer service.

The FFII in my opinion has better glass, tracks better, and good customer service all at a similar price. It's my favorite scope in this price range. Another option I'd check out is the Vortex Diamondback or Viper if you can find it. They also have great customer service. Probably the best of any of the companies listed.
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I have handled quite a few of the redfield revolutions and currently own an elite 3200 3-9x40. I am definitely a fan of 3200 over the revolution. For example this last deer season I was caught in a monsoon in the deer stand. Water was coming sideways and with in a matter of seconds I looked and the objective was full of water. I dumped the water out and wiped it with the spud and it was ready to go immediately.
The elite 3200 is a really good japanize made scope for a decent price. Although Slowr1der does make a good point the Burris FFII is another great scope to take a look at. Also Vortex is a great one also. I currently own 2 of their scopes and have been very happy with them.
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I have a 3200 for over eight years and it has been a solid performing scope. If you hunt the Rain Guard is a plus. Clarity and low light performance are good. The new Redfield just doesn't compare to the 3200 in my opinion.
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I considered getting a Redfield 4-12x40 for use on a tahr rifle but even on paper I felt let down: according to a US supplier, the power range is in fact from 4.5 to 11.4 magnifications. This could be a bummer if anything appeared at short range, and is a fault shared with the cheaper Leupolds. I finally bought a Nikon Monarch, which is apparently closer to claimed specs, but its field blending is analogous with kids' binoculars.
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I don't have much experience with the Redfield, but can vouch for the rainguard!
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