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I recently purchased a 2007 Browning BLR show special (.270), and I have narrowed my scope selection to a few low power scopes.  I would like some opinions as to scope and mounts.  Price range for scope is $350 +/-.  I bought the BLR for close in "jump-shooting" deer in CRP and cattails.  I really feel I need a smaller scope with a wide FOV.  For stand hunting I have a Tikka T3 with a Sightron SII 1.5-6x42; so that's covered.
I want a lower profile scope that does not affect the looks or handling capabilities of a lever gun.  I do not need extensive light gathering capabilities when pushing deer in daylight.  Nor do I want to leave the gun with open sights as I frequently kick deer up under my feet but I often have to hold off until I can get an open/clear and safe shot which might not be until the deer is 150+ yards.  Like it or not, we often take quick running shots.  That's frequently the nature and circumstances of our hunts as deer will hold tight in cattails and CRP and you have to walk to get them moving.  Also, there is not a lot of trees or high ground for stand hunting.
 
Scope Options for BLR:
Sightron SIII 1.25-5x20 (Wide FOV & non-critical eye relief)
Burris Signature Select 1.5-6x40 (big objective)
Burris Euro Diamond 1-4x24 (heavy but wide FOV)
Trijicon Accupoint 1.25-4x24 (a bit more expensive)
Leupold VXIII 1.5-5x20
 
I had ruled out the Bushnell 4200 as the low power scopes are harder to find and I don't much care for the limited eye relief.
 
Also which mounts and rings would you recommend that would give me good access to the BLR's trigger while still effectively mounting a potentially shorter scope?
 
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My vote for the sightron Slll for low mounting and good FOV. I would think they are all on the + side of your price range. Thats for what is on your list...the 2.5x8x32 or 1.8x5.5x38 conquest would be my choice with the 4" constant eye relief....either can be had for $350 if you shop around.

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Take a look at the Weaver Grand Slam 1.5-5x32.  It has quality, and works like a charm for close range shooting.  At low power, you can keep both eyes open.  There are other prettier scopes, but for close range this is the best scope I've found with a reasonable weight and a wide field of view (71 feet). 
 
Further down the quality scale, but still quite usable as light-weight, close-range scopes are the Bushnell Trophy and Banner 1.5-4.5 models with about a 67 foot field of view and the Bushnell Legend  2-7x32, with a 56 foot field of view.
 
Some of the "20" objective scopes are like looking through a soda straw (and sometimes heavy crosshairs seem bigger than the deer).  The Burris is an outstanding scope, but may be a little top-heavy for this under-7 lb. rifle.
 
Think in terms of quick-detachable mounts.  (Leupolds work for me.)
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Originally posted by Focus Focus wrote:

My vote for the sightron Slll for low mounting and good FOV. I would think they are all on the + side of your price range. Thats for what is on your list...the 2.5x8x32 or 1.8x5.5x38 conquest would be my choice with the 4" constant eye relief....either can be had for $350 if you shop around.

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And either can be had for less than $350. if you use our 110% low price guarantee.  We are an authorized dealer for the brands mentioned and are required to abide by the manufacturers price policies.  If you find a better price we will gladly beat it.
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