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I'm looking at a new Ruger No. 1A in .30-06. Trying to figure out what to scope it with. The rifle will be a general hunting rifle mostly for mule deer. Since the rifle has open sights, I'll be using Warne quick detatch rings and retain the irons for backup.

With it being a relatively light profile short rifle, I want to keep the scope size reasonable. I'm thinking of a Nikon Monarch in 2.5-10x42. I thought about the Leupold Vari X3 in 2.5-8x, but I'm worried that the shortness of the scope may be a PITA to mount and get the proper eye relief on a No. 1. Thoughts and suggestions welcome.

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Nikon Team Primos. Bushnell 4200 elite. Sightron SII, or SI. Vortex Viper. Any of these are excellent value choices, and will serve extremely well.
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I do not think that you will have a whole lot of mounting issues with the No1, so the 2.5-8x36 Leupold is a very good choice.  It is a nice and trim scope that would fit very well you trim and light rifle.  Besides, 7x or 8x top end magnification is a pretty good way to go.  It is enough for most needs.

I wrote a piece on tweener scopes a while back, and the Leupold is one of the better ones available.  You can read the whole thing here, if you want, but in a nutshell I would recommend you look either at the aforementioned Leupold:

or at Vortex Viper 2-7x32, which is a fair bit cheaper and performs very nicely:

The excellent Zeiss Conquest 2.5-8x32 has been discontinued wince I wrote that piece.

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I'm not sure of what you want to spend, but a Swaro 3-9x36 AV/Z3 would be fantastic.
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Depending on what scope you choose, you may need an offset type ring (at least in the rear). I had a Bushy Elite 4200 3-9 X 40 on mine and it worked fine. 
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From reviews I have read, and only looking through one. I'd say go for it.
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Originally posted by JimFromTN JimFromTN wrote:

Does anyone have any experience with this one?
 
http://swfa.com/Sightron-25-10x32-SII-Riflescope-P9182.aspx
 
I have a Sightron SII 1.5-6x42 and I love the glass.

I have reviewed one a while back.  I am pretty sure I talked about it in my tweener article as well.

What about it?

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boy...... that little Conquest didn't stay on the samplelist.com very long did it?
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I have a Nikon Monarch 4-12X40 on my Ruger #1B 300WM and it works fine with the stock rings,but just barely.
 
 
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Originally posted by JimFromTN JimFromTN wrote:

Does anyone have any experience with this one?
 
http://swfa.com/Sightron-25-10x32-SII-Riflescope-P9182.aspx
 
I have a Sightron SII 1.5-6x42 and I love the glass.

I have reviewed one a while back.  I am pretty sure I talked about it in my tweener article as well.

What about it?

ILya
 
In your article, you rate the SII 2.5-10x32 higher than the VXII 2-7x33.  Was this because the SII had a greater variable power range or did you think the glass was better or a combination of the 2?  How do you rate SII glass to VXII glass?
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Originally posted by JimFromTN JimFromTN wrote:

Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Originally posted by JimFromTN JimFromTN wrote:

Does anyone have any experience with this one?
 
http://swfa.com/Sightron-25-10x32-SII-Riflescope-P9182.aspx
 
I have a Sightron SII 1.5-6x42 and I love the glass.

I have reviewed one a while back.  I am pretty sure I talked about it in my tweener article as well.

What about it?

ILya
 
In your article, you rate the SII 2.5-10x32 higher than the VXII 2-7x33.  Was this because the SII had a greater variable power range or did you think the glass was better or a combination of the 2?  How do you rate SII glass to VXII glass?

A little of both.  VX-II has longer and more flexible eye relief, but SII has a bit more magnification range and slightly better glass.

ILya
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