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Hi everyone, new guy to sight. Looking for some info. Im looking for scopes to put on 270 and 300 win mags. I was wondering whats the toughest scope for arround 200 dollars avalabe.Can any scope in this price range truly hold up for a very long time to the recoil and abuse of real world hunting. I will be using these rifles in truely remote areas. I dont want a touchy easily thrown off scope. Ill be on my property in the bush country and dont have a store down the street if you know what i mean. Ive have a ss10X  I put on my fifty bmg. Good scope, but my 82 recently bumped the focus off. I dont know if I truely trust it yet.The fifty is hard on all scopes. Looking at buyung 4-5 scopes for myself as well as some friends of mine. Dont want to spend a ton of money with real high end scopes. Most shots under 200 yds. Just need something tough as nails. Low power would probably be fine or even a fixed power, any suggestions? Are fixed power scopes more reliable?
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Check this thread by John Barsnes

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Bushnell elite 3200 10x40 fixed would be a fixed tough scope. Less moving parts and has great reviews.  Recoil tested with a 375h&h I believe.  Right at the $200 dollar mark you talked about.
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Burris 3-9x40 FFII is proven to be a tough scope and most of the fixed powers in this range. 

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Don't count out the good ol' SS.
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Originally posted by diggler1833 diggler1833 wrote:

Don't count out the good ol' SS.
 
I agree with yo here but he isn't to sure of the SS because of the one on his .50. HOWEVER,   I think that the reputation behind the SS is the best when it comes to durability.  BTW to the OP did the scope get knocked out of focus from the recoil or a mounting issue?  Not many stories come up about problems with the SS.
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I beleive it was the recoil that did it, because I always check the touque of the scope rings and base prior to shooting. After it happened I checked again and nothing had loosened up or moved. I followed barrets instructions and even called to confirm the torque pressures. I believe recoil,but Im not a optics expert either. I shot about 120 rounds before it happened. I think the ss  is just to powerfull at fixed 10x for thick bush hunting anyway . I think 4-7x  adjustable would be about right. I appreciate all the help guys

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I think you want a fixed power Id spend a little more and go Leupold FX3  6x42  with long range duplex it has great glass is really bright has hold over marks for longer shots set the center cross hair at 200 next dot at 300  next dot at 400  heavy line below at 500 check this to see how your ammo and caliber correspond but should be close.  Burris also has a 6x42  in its Fulfield II line that is closer to your price range.  Weaver has a 6x but for a little more I'd rather have the Burris and a lot rather have the Leupold.
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What about the SS variable?  Have you looked at that?
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There more than Im looking to spend, and I still dont know if I trust the ss , I still have to send mine in for repair.
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Buckmasters, absolutely the best for the least money as far as scopes are concerned.

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bushnell 3200 elite no comparison
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

bushnell 3200 elite no comparison
 
as in no comparison its tough?
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its tough, its basically the 4200 elite just has a different lens coating.
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Thanks for the great feedback guys, its realy helping me narrow down the field. Theres so many scopes out there, that it would take forever to research them all,Great info.

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My vote for the toughest scope for the money is the FFII.
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My vote still would go to one of the SS fixed models.

Although, after watching this video review of the Swarovski Z6 rifle scope, I might have to rethink my choice.



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+1 burris FFII
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

bushnell 3200 elite no comparison

How about a Bushnell 4200 Elite? Cool

Bought mine for $216.  I can't recall if the 3200s are bench tested with .375 H&H Magnums or not, but I know that I remember reading that as an advertisement for my 4200.

If a scope can stand up to thousands or rounds though a magnum holding those types of energy levels, they absolutely sell me on putting one on a smaller rifle.

Just my $.02
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Originally posted by gglass gglass wrote:

My vote still would go to one of the SS fixed models.

Although, after watching this video review of the Swarovski Z6 rifle scope, I might have to rethink my choice.




I'm not going to lie...that is a pretty impressive video.  

I think, though, that they would hold a MUCH greater deal of credibility if they allowed you to see the shooter at all times (and show what is behind him also).

After the scope goes back on the rifle and when the camera man zooms in on the target, there is a 4-5 second gap prior to the shot and a few second gap zooming back out to where the shooter isn't even in view...meaning there is a possibility of a gun switch.  Also, since you can never see behind the shooter, there is a possibility that he isn't even shooting at all.

Just saying is all.

I think that I would like to see this test conducted in person.  If it turns out to be true, all the more power to Swarovski!  Then again, for $1,500+ dollars, one might EXPECT them to perform at that level, but a shotgun shot!?!  That would be more than impressive...


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