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Need some help, I am looking for a scope for a 300 Win Mag and want to stay economical as possible. I was looking at the Barska 3-12x50 Huntmaster Pro. Any ideas. I can go a little higher in cost but not a lot. I have also looked at the Nikon Prostaff.

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You are just setting yourself up for failure if you go with a Barska on a 300 WinMag.  They are not "good" in low light, they are subject to fail due to recoil, and in my experience they are not repeatable.  The Nikon ProStaff is a reasonable scope and will likely meet your needs.  I would never consider the Barska, would, reluctantly, consider the Nikon. 

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I would recommend a black painted paper-towel tube over anything marketed by Barska. The Nikon is a decent scope for the money, but I would point you to read this first.
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Thanks guys, so what scope would you put on the 300 Win Mag?
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I would save some money, and go with a scope like this.


I like the Burris FFII as well.  It is worth saving a little longer for the better glass and quality.  I have blown out a cheaper Tasco on my 270 and blew up a Simmons on my 300 WM.  The 300 WM (especially with the heavier bullets) will trash a cheap scope as fast as you can put it on.  Go for a higher quality scope that can withstand the recoil of a magnum.
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I have a 300wsm, that I bought for hunting a long range shooting. And since buying it I have got into long-range tactical rifle matches. So I do a lot of knob turning to get my dope all the way out to 1100 yards. 
 This scope has served me well for just about 1000 rounds. At $300, its dependability, and clarity are un-matched. 
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for hunting i'd go with the burris FFII, i had one on my 300 for around 10 years, never lost a zero, and i beat the crap out of it. had enough adjustment to get to 700
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FFII would also be my choice. 
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Originally posted by murdam murdam wrote:

Thanks guys, so what scope would you put on the 300 Win Mag?

It depends on what you want to do with the rifle.

Target shooting at long ranges would necessitate great internals with repeatable adjustments, & probably higher magnification (like 4-16X, or higher) if you're going out to 400 or 500 yards.

Hunting could be accomplished with a fixed 4x or 6x, or the ubiquitous 3-9x40's out there.

Either way, I wouldn't consider scopes with > 40 mm objectives, unless I could afford to spend more than $500 or so.  IMO, that's about the level where the glass quality becomes good enough to take proper advantage of the larger objective.   Anything that size in a Barska-like product will be a complete sham, even if it does last more than 20 rounds.

For around $150 (or maybe a hair less), you can get into a Redfield, Burris FFII, ProStaff, Bushnell Elite (if on sale), Vortex Diamondback, Weaver K4/K6, and possibly sneak into Leupold Rifleman/VXI territory.  If you look around, you can also  find used Leupold M8 fixed scopes, or decent name-brand variables.  Take a look through some offerings from these companies, then tell us what your eyes like best.

Do take the time to read the Inexpensive Scope Comparison thread!

Like most things, you're not just buying a product, but a company, too.  The ones listed above have satisfied enough people over the years to remain in business.  Barska, NC Star, etc., are not where you want to be.

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I have not looked at a Barska but, from the response here they are not worth it. I have looked at alot of scopes lately and settled on leupold mark ARs and v-x3s. Have looked at all the ones above but the Barska. I would have to say all were good except the nikon I looked at several in several stores and everyone of them looked not so clear and had low quality "in hand" feel plus I heard their C/S is really really crappy.
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Originally posted by rustic rustic wrote:

...  I have looked at alot of scopes lately and settled on leupold mark ARs and v-x3s....


If you're looking at glass in that price range, you're well on your way.


Originally posted by rustic rustic wrote:

... Have looked at all the ones above but the Baska.  I would have to say all were good except the nikon I looked at several in several stores and everyone of them looked not so clear and had low quality "in hand" feel... 

You're also discovering that your eyes may well see things differently than others' eyes do.  Do your own looking, and you'll be happy with your choice.  Good work!

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