| guitarman wrote:|
I'm sure I will, ceylonc. I have no doubt that my knowledge regarding rifle scopes pales in comparison to yours and many of the members of this forum.
What might you recommend for a scope in this price range?
While I know a LITTLE about scopes, I can assure you that I'm not an expert like many that frequent this site. My knowledge comes from usage and the ability to look through lots of different scopes (I have two friends who work at hunting stores and they allow me to take the scopes outside for evaluations; even had one lend me a Conquest, 4200, VX-L, and Swaro American for a weekend at the hunting camp) when I have time. My eyes tell me the rest and the guys here sort out what my eyes are telling me. I learn every time I visit this site and am humbled by the knowledge shared by the members here.
Without knowing your specific price range, I think I remember you mentioning that you wanted to keep it under $600? You stated that the Loopy you were looking to buy would run about $520 and have a fine duplex reticle. I can only assume that you want "fine duplex" because you feel that the thin lines allow for a more precise aim point (over standard duplex) on small targets over a longer distance. You also mentioned that you have looked at a lot of different scopes so I'll also assume that the duplex reticle in most of them was too wide to your liking. Is there any reason why you don't like mil dot or holdover reticles? Do you perceive them as too wide as well? I would think that you would be interested in some of the finer (width, not quality) mil-dots as that would help with a more accurate aimpoint at varmints over varying distances (ie--no "clicking" after you've ranged the target, just range, hold to correct dot & squeeze the trigger before the critter decides to hightail it). With the hope that a mil dot reticle will accomplish the same thing as fine duplex, I'll offer the following (all with mil dot reticle; exceptions noted):
--Sightron S2 4x16 42mm for @ $399;
--Sightron S2 4.5x14 44mm w/SIDE FOCUS for @ $490;
--Meopta R1 Meostar 4x16 44mm for @ $600 (I know, an additional $80 but much higher level of glass);
--Nikon Monarch 6.5x20 44mm w/FINE CROSSHAIR for $430 (if you don't need the extra mag, don't crank it up);
--Weaver Classic V series 4x16 42mm w/FINE CROSSHAIR for $290 (just a tad under VX III optically but $230 less);
--Burris Fullfield II 4.5x14 42mm w/FINE CROSSHAIR for @ $320;
--Burris Signature Select 4x16 44mm from $450-520
I'm sure there are a few I forgot. Again, I am NOT trying to change your mind, only suggesting that you look through these scopes before you buy the Leupold you've selected. I think you'll start to ask questions yourself as to what you really need and how much value each scope represents.