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Hi all,

this is my first post here. I am kitting out a new .17 HMR (a Mossberg 817), and I am after some scope advice as this is a very different bit of kit to what I have used before.  When I post on UK based forums I get told that if I can't afford a Khales I might as well give up until I can (I am exaggerating, but not much) whereas around here the advice seems a lot more level headed.

My problem is a lot of the scopes recommended in old threads here are either unavailable in the UK or are expensive. For example a Burris Fullfield II 3-9x40 would set me back £230 ($356 or so).

This set up is going to be my work rifle, it will be used a lot, often for lamping, often at dawn and dusk and will probably need to stand up to some punishment. So for general pest and predator control (crows, rabbits, foxes etc) at ranges of 50-200yards, which of the following would you recommend? All are available in the UK for my budget of around £200-

Nikko Stirling Nighteater 8x56 IR (£110)
Mueller Sport Dot 3-9x40 (£175)
Vortex Crossfire V-Brite 3-9x40 (£130)
Vortex Crossfire 3.5-10x50 (£138)
Vortex Diamondback 3-9x40 (£189)
Hawke Eclipse 30 8x56 IR (£110)
Hawke Eclipse 30 4-16x50 (£180)
Nikon Prostaff 3-9x50 (£200)
Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 (£150)
Redfield Revolution 3-9x40 (£185)
Leupold VX I 3-9x40 (£200)

So there is a fair selection. I have listed the prices because value for money is very important as a consideration, but not as important as doing the job effectively and not getting broken in the process. Unfortunately I really can't creep over £200, I also need a new scope for my 6.5x55 SE, so am saving the pennies for a Vortex Viper or a Leupold FX III, but that's a different thread altogether.

Thanks for your help!

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Of that list the Vortex Diamond back stands out to me.  Thats said being you are going to be doign a lot of low light work i would also throw in the 3-9-50 Nikon  I had one and it was very bright.
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+1 on the diamondback or the prostaff.  Haven't heard much about the redfields in terms of field testing yet.
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Thanks for the replies. Looking at the Prostaff and considering I will be doing a lot of low light work, is the extra 10mm of objective lens worth it for the extra £50?
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Roundhead welcome to OT.I've had good luck with the Hawke Frontier 2.5-10x44.The Frontier glass is made in Japan but all other models now are China based glass . With Hawke being a British based co. you more than likely can get a very good buy.
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Originally posted by stickbow46 stickbow46 wrote:

Roundhead welcome to OT.I've had good luck with the Hawke Frontier 2.5-10x44.The Frontier glass is made in Japan but all other models now are China based glass . With Hawke being a British based co. you more than likely can get a very good buy.

Thanks for the welcome!

I can pick up a Hawke Frontier 2.5-10x44 for £104 delivered, which is incredible value if it will compare to the other scopes on my list. I am struggling to find any information because most reviews seem to discuss the Side Focus model, which costs four times as much!
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The sniper hide did a review back 2 yrs ago on the larger Frontier scope 4-16 x42,check it out & you will at least get a feeling for the glass.They gave it a very positive review.
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A UK based site (which I assume I can mention because SWFA does not export?) is having a sale on the Nikon Prostaff 3-9x50, selling them for £160. I am very tempted. 

Where are they made, and will I regret not shelling out the extra £25 for the Diamondback 3-9x40?
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In a fit of enthusiasm I have bought a Vortex Diamondback 3-9x40! Thanks for your suggestions everyone!
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A fine choice,good luck with it.
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