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I would just like to start a FRIENDLY debate on which scope is the absolute best bang for your buck, regardless of price.

Is it the $399 3-9x40 Zeiss Conquest?

How about my recent purchase of a Vortex Viper 4-12X40?--$240

Bushnell 4200 3-9x40?--$299

Minox ZA3 3-9x40?---$399

Minox ZA5 2-10X40----$479

Sightron SII 3-9X42?---$199 after rebate

Feel free to put in your own recommendation. One things for sure; there are a lot of good optics out there right now!---Bboy623 Yippee

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For me, the best bang's are the 4200 and Conquest's from your list. I don't have any experience with the Sightron's and the Minox's are too new to make a call.
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My experience is the same as Roy's. I will add the 4200 is $100 less than Conquest. The standard Conquest reticle is easier to pick up in low light, though.
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Give me the Vortex!
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So ..it looks as if the 4200 is up against the Vortex--Bboy623
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http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-3-9x42-Tactical-Riflescope-P41044.aspx
 
I think these are 2 worthy candidates, if we are including non-hunting scopes as well.
 
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Cheaptrick---I still think you could use the SS 3-9x42 as a hunting scope.....and really the SS 10x42 as well if you were prairie dog or coyote hunting with long distances.

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Here are 2 more that have never let me down... Nikon Monarch 3-9x40, and Burris FF2 3-9x40
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http://swfa.com:80/Vortex-2-7x32-Viper-Rifle-Scope-P10818.aspx

I think you have to throw this one into the mix as well.. $169.00 for a scope of this quality is hard to pass up.
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tman----I'm not seeing the Monarch 3-9x40 on swfa. I'm also not seeing the Team Primos...have they been discontinued? I will agree that the team primos (monarch) is a great choice; especially for $200 (I think thats what they were). I'll have to disagree on the Burris FFII. I just think that there are better scopes out there that give you more value. I'm NOT saying the FFII is a bad scope b/c it isn't. I just think that others provide a better bang for you buck.
Big Green---here here---yes, the 2-7 Vortex Viper is a great value as well. Especially at $169

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Look at this for the 3-9 Monarch http://swfa.com/Nikon-Monarch-UCC-Riflescopes-C148.aspx I have one with the standard plex reticle and it is another excellent choice. That is, if you want a BDC. That particular reticle is not low light friendly. Side by side with the 3-9 4200 I cannot see much of a difference optically.
I have haunted with the 3-9 SS. It did a great job for me. http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=24725
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

My experience is the same as Roy's. I will add the 4200 is $100 less than Conquest. The standard Conquest reticle is easier to pick up in low light, though.
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They did discontinue the 3-9x40 Monarch....not sure if they still have the team primos. ( I cant find it either ) But, If Im basing my pick on Whats Readily Available....Ill take the 4200! Big Grin
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So it looks that
1st--- 4200

2nd---Conquest

3rd--Vortex?

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And to clarify on the 4200----are we talking about the 3-9x40 or a different magnification?--Bboy623
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Bboy, Im not positive, but I think the 3-9x40 has been discontinued too! Im gonna go research for a bit and will post later if I find anything.
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sorry, meant to say in the 4200....
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Conquest first but, dollar for dollar http://swfa.com/Simmons-4-14x44-Aetec-Master-Series-Rifle-Scope-P3390.aspx this is a tough deal to beat.
 
Its not as good as some you have on your list, but its no slouch. After rebate this only costs 100 bucks.
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I'll take the conquest on this one.
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Best scope for the money for what purpose?  

If the purpose is everything from big game hunting to varminting to target shooting, etc, then I would have to vote for Bushnell Elite 6500 2.5-16x42 with MilDot and exposed knobs.

If the emphasis leans toward hunting plus tactical, then SWFA SS 3-9x42 gets my vote.

If we are simply talking about big game hunting, then I think Vortex Viper at current prices offers the best bang for the buck, although I might change my mind once Minox ZA-3 is available with #4 reticle.

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Originally posted by tman1965 tman1965 wrote:

They did discontinue the 3-9x40 Monarch....not sure if they still have the team primos. ( I cant find it either ) But, If Im basing my pick on Whats Readily Available....Ill take the 4200! Big Grin


The model I mention is the 3-9 Monarch. Mine and my friends are both at least a few years old. His is BDC and mine plex. Both are the same otherwise. Unfortunately they now only come with BDC.  The rest of the line has been upgraded with other features like 4x zoom.
I have the similar Monarch model in 2-7 and it is also a very good scope.

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I'll side with the Bushnell.  I know you can get the 4200 3-9x40 for less than $299, so that makes a good deal even better.  Decent glass & RainGuard is a tough combination to beat.  But for me, the plex reticle is just a bit too fine for my eyes, though I could certainly very easily get by with one. 
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Pentax Pioneer 3-9 at $110.
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