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Last fall I bought a Weatherby .300 wsm and a Simmons Outfitter 3.5 - 10 x 40 ($75).  I am looking to get a new scope that will allow a larger magnification for easier long range shots.  I would like to know what the big differences are between the high, middle, and low end scopes. I don't know much about scopes but I don't want to spend $400-$500 if its not a huge difference in quality.  I have used my father in laws Leupold and Nikon scopes a few times and i cant really tell a whole lot of difference between them and the Simmons.Like i said i donnt know  much about optics. I would like to only spend around $200. My big question is how much difference is there between the $200 and $500 range.  I know the more you spend the better you get but is it all really worth the extra money? From a guy that loves to hunt with not a lot to spend I want to get the best for my money.

 

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Joe



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Try using the search feature to obtain a world of information on various scopes.

 

I also think you'll discover that a quick look through a simmons and a leupold wont instantly tell you why there is no comparisons between the two.

 

You should also let us know how much you are willing to spend and that will help the guys recommend the best scopes for the money.

 

I also strongly recommend that you spend more then you would like on your optics. You can get some great scopes for $200-$300. And as the saying goes, You get what you pay for.

 

Here's some that you should research:

 

From lower to higher price and quality.

Nikon Buckmaster

Bushnell Elite 3200

 

Burris Fullfield 2

Bushnell Elite 4200

 

The last two are great scopes for the money, with the Elite having slightly better optics.

 

Good luck.

 

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Yes the optics are worth the extra money.  Remember, all scopes look good in the store and in the middle of a sunny day.  Poor conditions are when the big boys really show you what they are all about.

 

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Scope quality gets better the more money you spend, that is a fact for the most part. The $400-$500 range is full of good quality scopes. I would recommend looking at Bushnell Elite 4200, Leupold VX-III and Burris Signature Select. If you could spend more than $500 the Zeiss Conquest is a good buy.

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For the money you want to spend getting a quality scope will be tough. I dont know how the recoil on the 300 WSM is but I had a cheap (about $125) scope on a gas operated semi auto 12 ga and rattled it apart trying to zero it.

If you run your variables up near max power most of the time. I would recommend saving up about $100 more and getting a Super Sniper 10x ($299 on this web site). They are 30 mm tubes and 42mm objective. There are a lot of accessories available for them, sunshades, flip open caps, ARD's, etc. They seem to be tough, dependable, repeatable, & clear optics comparable to scopes that cost 2 or three times their price. I'm going to be picking one up for my son and one for me in the very near future.

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