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I found this forum while researching hunting scopes for my muzzleloader (G2 Contender 209x45). After reading a bunch of topics, I came to conclusion that there is a lot of smart people on this forum, so I decided to ask for some assistance with selecting my scope. Here are my selection criteria points for my old eyes (bifocal glasses)Ö

 

  1. Low light vision is critical, even on sunny day there is shade
  2. The muzzleloading season is one week only and Iíll be hunting all week
  3. It is the time of highest deer movement on my hunting grounds
  4. Absolutely will never have a shot longer than 70 yards
  5. Will shoot medium loads (up to 100gr bp/200 gr bullets)
  6. Muzzleloader weighs 5 Ĺ lbs without a scope
  7. It will be a dedicated scope to this muzzleloader
  8. Own other optics and have no brand of preference 

Thanks for your input!

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What are your price limitations?
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Don't have a price limit.Have about $550 in the muzzleloader.

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By way of background, we appear to share some common interests, hunting situations, and problems (I too have been wearing bifocals for years).  I have 3 contender frames and a variety of handgun and carbine barrels; for them I like the look and feel of relatively compact and light scopes. I do not have a muzzleloading barrel, but have two muzzleloaders, an old T/C Renegade and a modern in-line, both scoped.  I also hunt with a scoped slug gun and consider that very similiar to hunting with the muzzlelaoder, just different seasons.  Our early muzzleloading season, like yours, is during the time of considerable buck movement.  That said, and given your stated criteria, I would think that you should be looking at the best low power scope (either fixed or variable) you can(or wish to) afford. If you want a bargain, look at the Weaver 3X, which is a 1- 3 power scope. It is brighter than one can expect in its price range and is very tough.  I have had one on a slug gun for years and it never needs adjustment.  It has a large field of vision at 1 power and allows me to shoot very good groups at 100 yards at 3 power (or to see thru brush to avoid it). I picked up a low power variable Leupold shotgun scope a couple years ago at a very attractive price and put it on a 7400 Remington 30-06. It too is a quality scope, but more expensive than the Weaver. I see Leupold has a new 2.5x 28 FX-II Ultralight that probably meets all your needs.  It looks a bit large for a Contender, but that is my bias and not one you may share. From my limited experience with other rifle and pistol scopes, you could also not go wrong with a low power Nikon Monarch or Burris, again a step up in price from the Weaver.

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Yes, we share some common interests, situations, and problems. I also have a scoped modern in-line which shoots well during the day, but the G2 has a great trigger job and I would like to get a scope to match my low-light hunting conditions and barrel capabilities. I donít want to go overboard but Iím willing to pay a good price for a good product. Have a Leupold Vari-X III 2.5 Ė 8 on my 270 but it has the fine plex and my eyes are starting to prefer the heavy duplex, #4 reticle, and red dot. I also agree with your suggestion to buy the best low power scope I wish to pay for. I looked at all low-power scopes from Burris, Bushnell, Leupold, Nikon, Sightron, T/C, Weaver, and Zeiss. Narrowed my selection down to Burris Euro Diamond and Zeiss Conquest. If nothing changes in the next few months, I will hunt in the fall with a Burris Euro Diamond 1.5-6x40 with #4 reticle and illuminated red dot.

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You surely could not go wrong with either of your final choices.  I know what you mean about beginning to prefer the heavier reticles. Good hunting!

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Both are good choices. I prefer the Zeiss over the Burris. But you have to ask Zeiss if mounting
their conquest scope on a muzzleloader will void the warranty. Most scope manufacture's will
tell you that if their scope does not say it's for a muzzleloader or shotgun, mounting it on one
will void any warranty for the scope. And you may want to check out the I.O.R line of hunting
scopes especially the 4x32. And mounting it on a muzzleloader or shotgun will not void their
lifetime warranty. I know because I called them and asked.
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