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Which do you all like better and why? The Weaver is about $150 and the Nikon Prostaff is about $130.00. I have a little MDM MUZZLELOADER and a Marlin 30-30 lever action that need some decent scopes. Both of these guns have hammers so a low profile scope with a small adjustment ring would look and fit good. I have a Bushnell Trophy 1.5-4x32 with CIRCLE X RETICLE , but it is camo and just doesnt look right on these guns so I may sell it. Anyway which do you guys like? I guess I could get the 4x32 prostaff but it isnt a lot cheaper and they are the same length so I think the 2-7 is more versatile in case I swith it to something later on.
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This is kind of interesting, I don't have any input on the two scopes, but it will be nice to see someone chime in on these really affordable scopes.  My guess is the nikon will get the nod, but I've always had great luck with weavers.

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Originally posted by DAVE44 DAVE44 wrote:

Which do you all like better and why? The Weaver is about $150 and the Nikon Prostaff is about $130.00. I have a little MDM MUZZLELOADER and a Marlin 30-30 lever action that need some decent scopes. Both of these guns have hammers so a low profile scope with a small adjustment ring would look and fit good. I have a Bushnell Trophy 1.5-4x32 with CIRCLE X RETICLE , but it is camo and just doesnt look right on these guns so I may sell it. Anyway which do you guys like? I guess I could get the 4x32 prostaff but it isnt a lot cheaper and they are the same length so I think the 2-7 is more versatile in case I swith it to something later on.
.....................You can use either......... However, for a short to moderate range handy hunter like the Marlin 30-30 and even for your muzzleloader, assuming a budget of around $150, I`d take the Weaver V3 1-3x20 over either the 2.5-7 or the 2x7 Weaver and Prostaff.
 
The 1-3x20 V3 offers much wider FOV`s than the other two.
 
Set on 1x, it is faster in acquisition (both eyes open) and aiming; moving targets or otherwise.
 
The V3 is lighter ( 8.5 oz.) and shorter with a lower and sleeker profile.
 
3x on the high end, is enough magnification for deer @ 200-300 yards and while set on the 1x, it is ideal for any fast possible (surprises), short range timber/brush hunting.
 
Eye relief listed is 3.12".... It is actually 3.5" on 3x and 4" set on 1x. Enough for either rifle.  
 
Mounted on high recoiling 45-70, 450 Marlin carbines and 375, 458 med. to big bores, this scope gets 4 to 5 star reviews by owners on another competitor site.
 
In your case, I`d buy two V3`s. 
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Of the 2 , I believe the Weaver V7 is the way to go ...

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Well it seems like the weaver gets the nod here. Let me throw in a PENTAX WHITETAILS UNLIMITED 2-5X20 TWILIGHT PLEX RETICLE AND BUSHNELL ELITE 3200 2-7X32 PLEX. How would these rank in order for a Marlin lever action or a Muzzleloader that is similar to an H&R Handirifle? Do you still like the Weaver better?
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I have some Weaver Classics and Bushnell 3200s, and am pleased with bothy types.  They both have fully multicoated optics, and are made in Japan.  The Weaver is lighter, but the Bushnell is a little better optically and it has the Rainguard. 
 
In my experience, Rainguard is a real hunt saver.  I'd pick the Bushnell for that reason on a big game rifle.  I also like the Bushnell recticle and w/e adjustments better, but those issues are not a big deal.
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As fortune would have it , I have several 3200 2x7's and a foursome of W/U 2-5's ... IMHO- the twilight plex reticle is ideal for a short range ( 150 yd.s of less) scope. It is bold, and really stands out against game - even a black bear. Mounted on two 30-30's and 2 shotguns- no issues . The 3200 utilizes Rainguard ( a great feature) , is a little bigger , and offers a higher magnification  range. I have 3200's mounted on 30-30's up to 12 ga slug guns and a 50 cal black powder , and none have failed to hold a zero.
 In the Weaver V7 vs the 3200 comparison -I'd go with the 3200 by virtue of Rainguard--It really can be a hunt saver. With regard to the Pentax vs the 3200 ...It's the 3200 by a nose ... I am very happy with both , but in the reticle vs Rainguard -- It's rainguard ( but it's close-real close ) .
 
Either choice, each will be a good performer.
 


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