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Hello all, and thank you. I desperately need a really good scope for varmint hunting. Have heard good things on Nikon, Bushnell, and even a little stuff on Tasco lately.

 

I REALLY want clear glass with great light transmission. Does anybody know of any reliable scope tests / comparrisson / Ratings anywhere???

 

What do you all think the best midrange scope is?

 

Anyway thanks for your help!

 

Thank You - Rod

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http://www.swfa.com/pc-1885-220-nikon-45-14x40-buckmaster-ri flescope.aspx

 

http://www.swfa.com/pc-6852-218-nikon-55-165x44-monarch-ucc- riflescope.aspx

(Not sure the size of your varmints.)

The BDC "may" be a little big for small critters, but the scope is good to go and has a nice power range.

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Superlight,

"Varmint" is a pretty broad category, ranging from ground squirrels to coyotes in size, not to mention differing light conditions for those two critters.  A scope optimized for the former isn't necessarily good for the latter.

 

The Nikon Monarch 5.5-16.5X44 CT recommends would be an excellent mid priced scope for long range varminting.

 

What is your price limit?  Knowing that will help narrow down the choices.

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I own ~ 50 scopes and have been on many varmint hunts.

If the target is a ground squirrel at 100 yards on short green alfalfa, then a $40 Simmons  4x32  22 mag riflescope will get the job done perfectly.

But if the target is a brown ground squirrel with tiny Gold highlights in similarly sized brown dirt clods, then the target cannot be seen with the $40 scope.

That invisible squirrel can be seen with  $450 56mm objective Nikon Monarch binoculars,  or a $450 44mm Burris Sig, or $450 50mm Leopold rifle scope objective.


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i own~5 scopes and have uh never been varmint hunting and i think nikon builds a nice scope for a pretty good price, and that a coyote in the winter sagebrush is very easy to see with a 3x9 scope and a field mouse in the same sage brush is impossible to see even with a $2000 s&b.

nikon makes good stuff like ct said we dont have enough info from you for use budget etc to give you a good solid answer.

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ncstar makes decent scopes for someone on a budget. and they got a lifetime warranty. I know im gonna get a lot of negative talk about this but oh well. dont get me wrong if you can afford a scope that costs 900 to 2 grand then by all means buy it. but there are alot of us out here that just cant afford them and we love to shoot too.
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Check this out,

http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat &Number=254826&gonew=1#UNREAD

$550 for a pentax lightseeker 30, Same as Burris Black .diamond...sorry, I love my made in USA Burris scopes

I've seen some Sigthron SII's get STOLEN on ebay, went for like $150 bucks, also the Pentax Pioneer(Burris Fullfield 2) I saw one end on ebay yesterday 4.5-14x42 for
$202 dollars, something like that would be perfect under the $200 mark

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I still believe you get the most bang for your buck with the 4200 elite scopes. I have used them on varmint rifles and find the glass and tracking to be excellant. Have a 4x16 on a long range coyote gun and its bright and clear at dusk as well as noon. good shooting...

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i have the nikon buckmaster 4.5x14x40 SF  nice scope good price

 

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the only bad thing about the buckmaster is that it has side focus, which can be a pain to deal with at times just another thing to go wrong but other than that its a good scope
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Of the three mentioned I would look at the Bushnell and Nikon. Preferably the 4200 and Monarch. I am very happy with both the Elite and Monarch glass. They are very clear and bright.

Superlite, I haven't seen what type of varmint hunting you are talking about or what gun. The variable range would certainly be affected by this. The 5.5-15 or 6-20 may be a bit large if you are talking predators. Coyote and bobcat can pop up out of nowhere and real close when calling. In this case a 3-12 or 2.5-10 may be better.

 

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Well i have a Weaver v16 on my p-dog gun (22-250) and love it.  I also have a Nikon Monarch 4x12 on a 223 and love it.  They are both very nice scopes.  I have read and heard many great things about the Bushnell 4200 as well.  A buddy on mine keeps telling me I need to go with the higher magnifications but in all the shooting of critters I have done the 16 does just fine.   And if i get in close or just need to glass a wide open area i can come all the way back to 4.

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millett cant go wrong
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I have used a Nikon Monarch ucc with a 25 moa rail on an 06 for a varmint scope and I have used a Millett TRS-1 for a varmint scope on a 308 both work fine the Millett has more elivation than the Nikon & I feel the Nikon has slightly better glass. I have found the heavy bullets work better in bucking the wind here in Ks. so I use the higher cal. rifle than usual for pdog & yotes.

 

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Originally posted by Clark Clark wrote:

I own ~ 50 scopes and have been on many varmint hunts.

If the target is a ground squirrel at 100 yards on short green alfalfa, then a $40 Simmons  4x32  22 mag riflescope will get the job done perfectly.

But if the target is a brown ground squirrel with tiny Gold highlights in similarly sized brown dirt clods, then the target cannot be seen with the $40 scope.

That invisible squirrel can be seen with  $450 56mm objective Nikon Monarch binoculars,  or a $450 44mm Burris Sig, or $450 50mm Leopold rifle scope objective.




Sorry to hijack the thread, but I have a question for you Clark. I have a 44mm Burris SigSel, that stands head and shoulders above equivalent priced Nikons and Bushnells when resolving brown critters against the dirt. I'm considering buying a Burris 4-16x50mm Black Diamond and was wondering if you had any experience of it's abilities, good or bad?
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