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I have an older tang safety Ruger 25.06, not sure of the year, probably 15 years old or so.  I have a nikon buckmasters 4x12-50 on it right now, which is decent, but tends to get splotchy at 12x, especially in low light conditions.  I would like to put something different on it, however it is dead on right now and don't know if I want to change something that is extremely accurate.  Should I keep what I have, or make a change?  Would consider a price range of something in the $400-$500 range and would be using for anything from varmints to whitetails (up to 400 yds).  Thanks.
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If you like the 4-12x50 look at the Meopta MeoPro 4-12x50.  It would be a HUGE step up from your Buckmaster.  $499 at SWFA.  Or for less $ you could look at the 3-12x42 and 4-16x42 Nikon Monarchs, 3.5-14x40/50 and 4.5-18x40 Nikon Prostaff 5's or 4-16x40 Bushnell Elite.  I had one of the Buskmaster 4-12x50's and hated it.  Owned it long enough to get me through one season and sold it.  Tunnel vision was terrible on that scope.  I found a good deal on a Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 4.5-14x44 and bought it before 12/31/13 because a buddy whose opinion I trust suggested it and Bushnell was offering "a use it for a year and if you don't like it send it back" garauntee.  My personal .25-06, a Tikka M695 wears a older Monarch 4-12x40AO.  I have been very satisfied with this setup so far.
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If it shoots as you say, keep what you've got.  You don't need 12x for 400 yd shots anyway IMO. 
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If you are happy with how it shoots stay with it. But if you want some better low light capabilities I would look on the sample list. I tend to prefer lower power on the bottom end for greater FOV. And better glass will allow you to see your target better and more magnification with poorer glass. I would look on the sample list. This is off the sample list and would make a great scope for you.

http://www.samplelist.com/Zeiss-35-10x44-Conquest-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P67509.aspx
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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

If it shoots as you say, keep what you've got.  You don't need 12x for 400 yd shots anyway IMO. 

I agree with you in that I really don't need a 12x for 400 yd shots, it is just nice to have something a little more powerful to glass with at times if my spotting scope and or binocs aren't available.
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