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Thinking about upgrading the scope on my Tikka 695 .25/06.  It currently wears an older Pentax Lightseeker 3x11x42AO.  This scope has served me well and should continue to do so but I was curious about what would be a good upgrade in the 3x12x or 4x12x power range.  This rifle is used to hunt whitetail deer and coyotes out to 350-400 yds or so.  Arkansas has state-wide mandatory 3-point rule (# points on one side) and in some zones and WMA's they have 4-point rules, so the higher end magnification does come in handy when deer hunting.  Kept me from smoking a 18" Fork horn, large bodied deer and only 4 total points.  From 300 yds he looked like a shooter until I zoomed in on him.  The reason I want to keep it in the 3x12x and 4x12x range is for FOV at low power on close shots.  I looked at the 4.5x14x's and they (the ones I've looked at) all have small FOV at low power.  I would like about 30' at 100 yds.  Minimum would be like 28' with no max.  I am considering going to a larger objective also.  Not sure about these new BDC reticles.  Would love one with a #4.
 
What do y'all recommend in the $500.00 or less price range. 
 
Once again, thanks in advance.
 
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bushnell 4200, or 6500 are both very good options.
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I'm not sure you will see a significant improvement in your ability to distinguish antler tines under the conditions you describe vs. the scope you already have for $500 or less.
 
Besides the Sightron scope mentioned, I would look at either the Nikon Monarch 3-12X42, Bushnell Elite 4200 4-16X40, or Burris Signature Select 3-12X44.  Optical performance will be similar between those.
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What about getting a nice pair of 10x bino's?  Like a pair of Meopta, or Vortex Razor or even the new Zen Ray that is being talked up at the moment.
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

What about getting a nice pair of 10x bino's?  Like a pair of Meopta, or Vortex Razor or even the new Zen Ray that is being talked up at the moment.
 
Excellent Great suggestion!  You'll be able to distinguish detail far better through a decent pair of binos than you ever will with your scope, because you have the benefit of a magnified view to both eyes through the optic.  And, you can get a surprisingly nice binocular for $500 these days!
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+1 on a good set of binos.  Glass em up, and then sight in for the shot.
 
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Thanks for the info guys.  The scopes mentioned above were all on the list of possible candidates except for the 4200 which I had ruled out on FOV.  I really like the 6500.  10x binos is another option I hadn't considered.  Just bought a good pair of 8x (Minox BL 8x42 BR's) last season.  Always like 8x in binos but a good pair of 10x might do the trick.  Only sticky is, I was thinking of trading my Pentax in on the new scope.  May just have to save up a little more and go for the 10x binos.
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Pentax SPs are a good value as well.  Really like mine...
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Originally posted by magshooter1 magshooter1 wrote:

I really like the 6500. 
 
Keep in mind that they all exceed your $500 budget limit, though.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Originally posted by magshooter1 magshooter1 wrote:

I really like the 6500. 
 
Keep in mind that they all exceed your $500 budget limit, though.
 
Actually I've seen a couple on an auction site with a "buy it now" price at just under $500 for the 2.5x16x42 model.
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