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Hello all, I am new to your forum.  I thought since I am now a SWFA customer, that I should see what y'all have to say about things I buy and use here. 

I am down to a few rifles since I moved back to CONUS, I left many of my stuff with the Frau in Germany.  I have with me a MR-7 in .30-06 with a Leupold VX-II for deer sized game, and that's it.  It is time to expand my line.

I am in the middle of a re-barrel process for a semi sporterized Mauser 98 large ring.  I ordered a 24" barrel in .308 (1 in 10 twist), and will use Warne Maxima bases, and install a Timney trigger.

Now this has been an on going project because I am financially challenged, (yes, it means poor), so the scope I choose has to hover in the $200 area.  I read a super piece by KOSHKIN last night, which only added to my anxiety.  He reviewed a couple scopes I was considering, and now I am doubting myself.

My considerations are from first choice to last choice, and why I considered the scopes.  Please note cost was a reason also.

1.  Elite 3200  3-10x  40              I had 3 in Germany, worked great, didn't bring
                                                    them back like the total moron I can be.  Really liked the
                                                    Rain Guard, and easy focus.

2.  Weaver Classic V  3-9x  38     Never had a Weaver, but never heard anything bad,
                                                    even when Blount owned them. (I am also considering the
                                                    2.5-7x  32)

3.  Redfield Revolution 3-9x 40     KOSHKINs posting mentioned the adjustments being
                                                     a bit funky, this concerns me.

4.  Sightron SII 3-9x 42                I have only heard of their quality, never used one.

I own an old Millett Buck Gold, the 3-9x  44.  And must say it has served me very well over the years on various rifles, but I find it a bit bulky and heavy.  I did have it on a Mauser in Germany, and used it for my morning sits in a high seat.

And Koshkin got me to thinking about Vortex scopes also.

My hunting history.......20 years, all in Germany.  Most of my scopes have the German #1 post, they really work well on those moonlit evenings (I am talking 11pm).  But here in the  Sooner State, half hour after sunset, it's time to stop.

I am a Department of the Army employee and will go to one of the following locations this summer for assignment, I will need a scope that would be feasible all around for any of these locations.

Tooele UT, Rock Island IL (Davenport IA) or Richmond KY.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Jon.
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My recommendation would be the Vortex or 3200 (and the 3200 only because you have enjoyed success with it before.)

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 I agree.

3200 if you really like them; Vortex if you're in the mood for something different.

Personally, I like to try new stuff out whenever possible.

 If you do your research, you don't have too much to lose, really. Vortex has a great reputation.

I think you need to consider what you'd be able to shoot or hunt over the summer, in those locales, to choose a good reticle for your needs.
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The fat eyepiece scopes won't give you a heck of a lot of finger room between the bolt handle and the ocular on a Mauser bolt lift.   
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Ed,

That is a concern of mine.  In Germany, to get the smith to bend the Mauser handle to low mount my scope was a chore.  They mount pretty high over there.  But he fixed it so a Burris Fullfield would sit low, using a Redfield Jr. base

I haven't dealt with an American gunsmith on Mausers yet.  But Thursday when the barrel gets here I will.  I'll let him know that I will be using a Vortex or Elite scope and have him do some measurements to check the theoretical distance between the objective bell and the handle.




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