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Hi. I've spent a lot of time going over these forums, and learned quite a lot. I was hoping I could get some advice/help with my particular situation.

First I should talk about my experience level. This is the first rifle I have owned in a long time, my only other being a nice .22 bolt action that I had as a kid. I have shot some other rifles, but my experience is fairly limited. I do own several handguns and a shotgun and have a lot of experience there - just not with rifles. As to hunting, I lived for a while in North Dakota and did a lot of pheasant and duck hunting, and then in Arizona where I was mainly after quail and rabbit. Now I live in Colorado, but have never in my life been big game hunting and that is what I purchased this rifle for. (unless you count the times as a kid going 'deer hunting' with my grandpa and just watching him get drunk around a fire with his friends) But enough about me...

My gun is a Tikka T3 Lite Stainless in .308. I would like some help finding a scope, and from what I have seen this place is packed with experts.  My intended use is for close range big game hunting, IE deer and elk from inside 200 yards.  I wouldn't mind being able to reach out a little farther, especially on the range, but for hunting purposes I don't won't be taking any shots from beyond 200.

I am still undecided between a fixed or adjustable scope, but I am currently leaning towards a 3x9 model. That being said, my top priorities for this scope are durability and weather-proofness, so if the general consensus is that a fixed scope would be -that- much more durable than an adjustable, I wouldn't mind going that route. I am comfortable spending about $500, hopefully a tad less. I am also willing to go for a used model if it looks right and is guaranteed.

Also, being a total beginner in rifle optics as I am, I am curious about the rifle scope mounting. Tikka sells some Optilock mounts, but unfortunately I don't know exactly what I need. Tikka part number S132R916 is a universal optilock base that fits the T3 rifles, but will that be enough or will I also need to buy some rings that are specific to my scope? I realize that this question could be a topic in itself, so I don't my for an answer. But it would be great if I could be lead in right direction, and made to understand what I do or do not need.

Thanks kindly for any help or suggestions, I truly do appreciate anything I can get.


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3-9x is perfect for your needs.

Bushnell 4200 3-9x
Zeiss Conquest 3-9x
Vortex Viper 3-9x
Nikon Team Primos 3-9x

Any of those would be excellent for your needs

I would not be to concerned about using a variable for toughness.  Most decent scopes these days are dang tough.  I bet most scope damage comes from improper mounting which damages the scope tubes and binds internal parts. 


Edited by supertool73 - March/19/2010 at 16:38
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Welcome

Howdy.

The Tikka is a nice rifle and .308 is a good choice. "you're doing good so far"

$500 is beyond my threshold for what I'll spend on a scope without winning the lotto, but there are as you've noted a lot of folks here that do own and know gear in that price range.

I'll throw out one recommendation and the rest of the guys can add their .02

http://swfa.com/Zeiss-3-9x40-Conquest-Rifle-Scope-P608.aspx
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1.  Toss the included rings in the garbage, they are worthless and WILL fail you at the worst possible time.

2,  I recommend Talley rings, that is what 2 of my 3 Tikkas wear (other is Warne, good rings, not as easy to mount, a little heavier.)

3.  I'd say look at the Bushnell 3-9, the rainguard is good stuff.  Conquest is good too, but I doubt you'll notice a significant difference between the 2, and the Bushnell is allot less $$ ($254 for the plex vs. $399 for the Conquest plex - and Bushnell will throw in a pull-over fleece.)

Tikka makes a great gun, best bargain I've found in a hunting rifle.  And .308 is a great round, you will be pleased with the setup.


Good luck.
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+1 on rancid's suggestion
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We as hunters, really have alot of great choices in the $250-$500 range. I really like the 4200's, conquest, sightron B/sky, monarch and yes even the Leo V3.  I'm sure I missed a few, but I'd be proud to own any of these.
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The Bushnell is a nice scope.  Rainguard is a great plus.  Thunbs Up
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Those T3s are pretty lite....... I'd want the 4" of eye relief that comes with the Conquest and it's reticle is great in low light.  I have one mounted on my son's 700 CDL in .270 and it's awesome.  Have a 4200 3-9X40 mounted on a .204 and it's nice too, but I think the Conquest is worth the extra $$!  good luck.
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I use Optilock bases and rings on my Sako and Tikka rifles. Like them a lot. Only drawback is that they are a bit expensive.
About scope. I would choose Zeiss without hesitation or second thoughts.
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Might also consider a 2.5x10x42 Nikon Monarch.  It's in the same price range.  I think it has a little more eye relief than the 4200.
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I gave my son a 4200 Elite in 3-9x40 for his Tikka lite in 300 WSM and he loves it! He has no close calls with the eye relief at all! I have another of these on a 270 winchester and another on a 300 Wby , have never been hit by the scope with any of these. The Bushnell 4200 in 3-9x40 is a lot of scope for the money! The Rainguard works, it helped me nail my bull elk this last season. (it rained or snowed the whole week).
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/22/2010 at 13:26
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bull elk huh....... how bout a pic of that beautiful beast and your 4200!!!

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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

3-9x is perfect for your needs.

Bushnell 4200 3-9x
Zeiss Conquest 3-9x
Vortex Viper 3-9x
Nikon Team Primos 3-9x

Any of those would be excellent for your needs

I would not be to concerned about using a variable for toughness.  Most decent scopes these days are dang tough.  I bet most scope damage comes from improper mounting which damages the scope tubes and binds internal parts. 
 
 
I had the identical rifle and had a Kahles KX 3-9x42 in talley lightweights...
 
The selections listed above are as good as it gets
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