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Here's some background information:

 
I am 17 so my budget is constricted
I shoot a Marlin XL7 in 30-06
Federal PowerShock 150 grain soft points
Current scope is what came on the gun as a package, no brand name but its a 3-9x40
Price range is about $200
Scope used for Missouri whitetails and big game in Utah or Idaho, so looking for 4-12 and a BDC for long shots
 
I have been looking at:
 
Vortex Diamondback in 4-12x40 DeadHold BDC ($200)
-Great reviews and CS from what i've read
Nikon Prostaff in 4-12x40 BDC ($200)
-I like the new 98% light transmission and SpotOn Ballistics
Bushnell Elite 3200 4-12x40 AO MultiX ($200)
-Rainguard HD
 
Which of these would you choose and why? Are there any other options out there? What are good quality but low priced rings?
I am aware of the review comparing the 5 scopes in my price range, but it is a few years old so I don't know how accurate it is with new lines being out.
 
Thanks.
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I'd go with the Nikon, but I'd go with 3-9 power instead.  I have a Prostaff 2-7 on my muzzleloader and for the price, it was a lot of scope.  My suggestion on rings is that you spend the money to get a good set.I went the low priced rings in the beginning, but soon realized that I should have bought a good set first.  I suggest the Warne rings.  Weaver base capable and pretty solid.
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In that price range it's going to be really difficult to come up with a combination of scope and rings that will allow you to reliably and ethically take shots on live game animals beyond 300 yards.

  1. Get a decent 3-9 scope and good rings
  2. Zero the rifle @ 100 yards so it shoots 4" high
  3. Check that the rifle shoots no more than 4" low @ 300 yards
  4. Get within 300 yards of what you would like to shoot
Now, anything you want to shoot will be within max. point blank range (in this case an 8" dia. kill zone) from 0-300 yards. For what it's worth, the first deer I ever shot was 40 yards away and I got within 25 yards of my first antelope. While I've made a long-distance kill (after years of range practice, ballistic verification, using handloads and expensive equipment) none of my other shots on game have exceeded 300 yards. Nothing sucks worse than having too much magnification when you jump an animal inside 75 yards. Well, one thing does: Shooting beyond your ability and range and maiming an animal or ruining a lot of meat.
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Bushnell 4-12x40 Trophy XLT Rifle Scope Bushnell 4-12x40 Trophy XLT Rifle Scope
Stock # - 734120B
  • Matte
  • DOA 600
  • 1"
  • Adjustable Objective
  • Mail-In $30 Rebate
$174.95

This is a pretty good deal with a $30 rebate does the 3200 have the rebate or the rain suit offer?
The scope below in the Elite line was the 4200 series so really super glass plus the free rain suit I'd probably pick this:
Bushnell 3-9x40 Elite Rifle Scope Bushnell 3-9x40 Elite Rifle Scope
Stock # - BUSE3940SF
  • Matte
  • Multi-X
  • 1"
  • Rainguard HD
  • Side Focus
  • Ultra-Wide Band Coating
  • Argon Purging Process
  • Free Rain Suit Coupon
$199.99
You can use a duplex like a balistic reticle.   With a duplex one can center the zero 200 yds  figure you will be an inch or two high at 100 and then determine what distance the point below center on the reticle where the line goes thin to thick corresponds to possibly around 350 yds. The way you see what you are getting is after zeroing at 200 go to 300 and 400 etc and shoot at that distance  holding the center x on the target then take a can of spray paint and mark on the target where the holes are then go back and look through the scope at 300 and 400 to see where on the reticle those paint lines are in relation to the reticle.  Work at the max power of the scope.
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Ok thanks for the help guys. I was able to find a Bushnell Elite 4200 in 3-9x40 with the Multi-X for $180 and I've heard good things about them but i'm kinda unsure about Bushnell's warranty, since it says limited lifetime.  I also found a Nikon Team Primos 3-9-40 BDC for $190 and again people say great glass for the price.  And from my original list I think that only the Viper Diamondback I still like, now I guess in a 3-9-40 BDC. What about Warne Maxima Permanant Rings? And should I get low medium or high?
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Warne is decent but I prefer Talley Light weights myself. You need med height rings for the bolt to miss the scopes eye piece.

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Will the aluminum be fine with the 30-06 recoil? I know its not a big kicking gun but still. How much lighter are they compared to the Warne's?
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The Talley rings would work fine.

I'm guessing the Marlin already has a Weaver type base on it. No reason not to use it. Warne Maxima rings are excellent. Low height should work with the Bushnell 4200.
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