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My son was given his first rifle yesterday, it is a Howa M-1500 7mm 08. I need to get a scope for it that will be suitable for him to hunt Mule deer and Elk. Where we hunt there is not a lot of open area, every once in a while a 150 yard shot. Any suggestions for a good starter scope?

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How much you wanna spend?

I'd recommend a decent 3-9.  Budget can dictate which one, but a Bushnell 4200 is a nice little scope and will do what he needs.
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Rancid gave you a good solid choice. A lot depends on your price range.  I think a fixed power like a 4x or 6x would be a fine choice also and I have one of these with the heavy duplex and it is not as bold as it looks in the graphic but is still heavy enough to use in low light and have no problem picking it up.  For the distances you are talking an aimpoint  2 moa dot would be a good choice also.
 
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  The above suggestions are right on if your budget can do it. If not here's one to consider:
 
   Very good low light,all around reticle.
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Welcome, rhedges!

Basically, any reputable brand 2-7X, 2.5 - 8X, 3-9X, 2.5-10X, etc. variable will work perfectly.

Or, for that matter, a good fixed 6X as suggested above would be bulletproof as well.
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I like the 4200 Elite also,, but any quality 2-7 , 2-8 or 3-9 ( or similar ) will work just fine.. Remember to use a quality mount also .
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I am assuming from the fact that it is first rifle, and given to him, that he is a young an inexperienced big game hunter. If that's the case, I'd recommened a straight 4x, because it will be plenty to 150 yards (or even further) and gives him fewer things to think about when shooting. Even a lot of experienced hunters fiddle with their variable scopes way too much when an opportunity arises in the field!

There aren't a vast number of good 4x scopes out there, but there are some very good ones for reasonable prices, including the Leupold FX and the Zeiss Conquest.

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I agree on a fixed 4x, kids seem to want to crank up the magnification for some reason and then it makes it hard to find something in the scope and makes "the shakes" more visible


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I too agree that it would be wise to start with a fixed power.........if you decide to go with a variable I would not go over a 3x9x40
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And I would suggest even less magnification on a variable, no more than 6x at the top end.
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Many possible choices here depending on your budget.
 
If you go with the fixed, I`d reco no higher than a 4x. For a variable, a 2x7 max is plenty out to 300 yards, let alone for the 150 yard max range that you mention.
 
If this Howa happens to be the 20" tubed shorter "Ranchland" model, you don`t want too large a scope that would would look a little out of porportion to the rifle. A fixed 4x up to    and including a 2x7 with smaller objective bell between 28mm to 35mm imo, are the best choices.  
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