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Poll Question: Do you buy the optic or the rifle first?
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Im posing this question for a friend. He is setting up a new project. The rifle he wants is around $800.00 as well as the scope. This is a hunting set up that need to be ready by this Sept/Oct.

Should he buy the scope first and then start over saving for the rifle or buy the rifle first and start again saving for the scope????

My suggestion was the rifle first cause worst case, there are good $200 dollar scopes that would work in a pinch.
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I look at this a little differently.

First, I define the project.  Then I pick out the components that would fit my intended project (rifle components, mounts, scopes, etc).  Then I start price shopping and picking up the components.  The order in which I pick them is rather irrelevant under the circumstances.

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It would be a shame to waste the money on a scope with the hope of to save enough to get good rifle.
It would be a shame to waste the money on a Rifle with the hope of to save enough to get good scope.
Save for the whole thing. Then you are less apt to short yourself on either one part of the whole rig. In the meantime keep a close eye on the Samplelist for a very good buy, on a quality scope.  Wink

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Get the rifle 1st!!!!  Then work your way up the optics food chain.  At least you'll be able to shoot while your saving for the good glass!
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Save up for both at the same time, some places offer a combo discount like remington and zeiss did last year. Just a thought.
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Originally posted by budperm budperm wrote:

Get the rifle 1st!!!!  Then work your way up the optics food chain.  At least you'll be able to shoot while your saving for the good glass!



+1...Unless he knows exactly what system he want's and finds a good deal on the scope first.  Having glass without the steel is like having a saddle without a horse.  Get the gun first and he'll be able to shoot bareback for a short time until the he can mount the optic.  Just my 2 cents.


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Definitely get the rifle first. There is fine tuning that can be done to the rifle while saving for the scope i.e tune up the trigger, polish the race ways / lugs, bed the action to the stock, paint etc. If it has iron sights, he can shoot it a few times if he wants.

As mentioned above, worst case scenario your buddy has to suffer with a $200 Elite in 3-9x40 or similar for a bit Whistling

Good luck to your bud.

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Neither ?... I started with a simple Savage model 11 chambered in 300 WSM. The first scope I had on it was a Burris FFII 3-9x40. I soon decided that I wanted target knobs so I could start stretching the rifle further, this lead me to purchase an original SS 10x42.
 The next upgrade was a stock that was a bit more rigid than the plastic number that Savage uses. And a year after that was a new barrel from McGowan precision...And then a SS 5-20x50... What I am getting at is the game really never ends, and you don't have to get exactly what you want to end up with either.
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Rifle first then go from there. My own philosophy is to own fewer, but nicer. 
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Get the rifle first. By the time he saves for the scope, he may find something newer and better than what he wants now.
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There's all kinds of ways to do it, replacing components over time, etc. But given the relatively short time frame if he wants to be familiar with both by then, I'd get both pretty soon...maybe strike more of a balance price wise. I'd rather have a $600 rifle with a $600 scope than an $800 rifle with a $400 scope most of the time. Just don't get some tupperware POS stock!
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I have done it both ways and don't really see that it matters much.  If you know exactly what you want based upon your intended use, I would shop around for both and when you find a great deal on one or the other buy that first.  Then start saving and shopping for a great deal for the other part.  
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Depends on how new he is to the game....when I was young, and bought a nice rifle, I was absolutely shocked!!!! that they wanted me to spend about that much more for good optics. Then I bought cheap only to upgrade again and again. Buy the good optic or you never will at first. Now, many of my scopes are worth as much or more than the rifle. my 2 cents.Cool
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