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Brightness

resolution

clarity

 

etched vs. wire reticle

 

eye relief

 

click vs. friction

 

finger vs. coin adjustable

 

euro focus vs. american stye(old leupold) style

 

40mm obj  vs 50  vs 56

 

power range

 

 

ruggedness/hold POI

1ST PLANE VS. 2ND PLANE?

Lifetime warranty?

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MY PREFERENCES:

 

1)HOLD POI

2)GREAT RESOLUTION/BRIGHTNESS

3)ETCHED RETICLE

4)1ST PLANE RETICLE

5)40-42MM OBJ

6)FINGER ADJUSTABLE "CLICK"

7)EURO FOCIS

 

8) LOWEST POWER BETWEEN 1.5-3 & HIGHEST BETWEEN 6-10

9) EYE RELIEF AT LEAST 3.5"



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: July/22/2004 at 20:36
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Brightness
Clarity
Quality   
Etched reticle
about 4 inches of eye relief   
Click
adjustments dont matter, but prefer something low profile on sporting rifles.
Euro focus
40-44mm
3-9, or 4.5-14
must be rugged, and have lifetime warranty.
 
cory
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I think the first question would be "What do you want to use it for?"  For nearly all of us, in nearly all hunting situations, I think a 3X9X40 is just about the perfect scope; the best one you can afford.  I put a  2.5X8 VX III on my Kimber .260 because the 36mm objective let me use low rings.  (Is there any parctical difference between 2.5X8 and 3X9? I don't think so).  Do I buy just about anything but a 3X9? Yes  We all want the lastest greatest newest, like a 3.5X10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

If you shoot targets for groups, you'll find out pretty quick you need a lot of magnification.  I've got a Burris Black Diamond 2.5X10X44 on my 22-250, and really wish I had gotten 16X or 20X on the top end.  Even with a fine reticle, on 10X you're point of aim will vary an inch or more at 100 yds.

 

I've got an old Redfield 4X on my 30-30.  It bangs around in my truck most of the time, and what matters most about it is it maintains point of impact.  It's not very bright or sharp, but that doesn't bother me. 

 

What do you want on every scope, regardless of use?

 

1. Durability, maintains point of impact.

2. Fits the rifle, weight, length, diameter, power, field of view, eye relief

3. Image quality

4. Reticle - I like a duplex reticle that is wide or heavy, but narrows to very fine. For example, I bought a VXIII Heavy Duplex and returned it because the crosshairs were too heavy, and covered about 2 MOA at 100 yds.  I like a "ballistic" reticle on my 22-240, with a cross at 300, 400, and 500 yards, because I shoot it that far.  I don't want the extra junk on my hunting rifles, because I never shoot over 200.

 

Bottom line?  I could probably put a 3X9X40 on everything I have and do just fine, or even a 6X.  Am I going to? No way

I love all the choices we have now.

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I started thinking what I like about several different scopes and came up with this Monster Scope.  I think Jesse James would be proud of my creation.

 

A 1" Swarovski 3.5-14x50 with;

Burris' illuminated Ballistic Plex reticle in the 1st plane

Low profile, resettable, finger adjustable, Weaver Micro-Trac adjustments

Pro-Hunter recoiling fast focus eye piece

Conquest's 4" constant eye relief

Elite's rain guard coatings

VMV's weight and length

NightForce's side parallax/illuminated reticle switch

Built in sunshade of the Super Sniper

with Leupold's warranty and service and tasco's price.

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now that, chris, would be the scope of scopes, unfortunanlty i doubt will ever be made....well......not at that price atleast.
 
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