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My son just passed his hunter safety course. He will probably get the Marlin XL7 rifle in a 30/06. He would like to put a cheap scope on it for now that he will move to his 22 cal. when he has the money to replace it with a better scope like a Mueller. He is probably looking in the $50-$75.00 range now. I suggested the Bushnell Sportview to him. I have an older one that has been OK and is great on my 22 now.
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I've seen alot of Tasco World class and Bushnell Trophy scopes get abused and seemed to last okay.. Kinda tough to put a "stamp" on a 50 to 75 buck optic....
 
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In that price range honestly I would use the iron sites and spend the money on some time at the range for him to get used to shooting at a 100 and 200 yards with the same  good hunting ammo that he will be using for the  hunt.  He is a young man with good eyes he can do well with a rifle that is sighted in that he has practiced with out to 200 yards.  In that price range scope it may get him off using one at all. He needs to save his money till he can get something like this   http://www.swfa.com/pc-7280-185-bushnell-3-9x40-elite-4200-rifle-scope.aspx  or this  http://www.swfa.com/pc-1913-218-nikon-3-9x40-monarch-ucc-riflescope.aspx
When scopes are that cheap they tend to not hold zero or adjustments or the glass fogs
etc.  He need to have a good set of mounts and scope rings too and that adds some to the price . 
This is just my experience with cheap scopes for what is worth,  good luck on his hunt
 
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Here is another listing of scopes you may want to look through
 
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I forgot that rifle does not come with iron sites, sorry about that, but the sample list has several you may like and mounts and rings .
 
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ive got a bushnell trophy on my 22-250 and it seems like a decent scope, i havent used it on a gun with any kick though, but for $100 its not a bad scope for short term.
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Check out the Bushnell Banner 4x.
 
Good luck, enjoy the hunt.
 
 
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Check these out. Not bad for the investment. I like them better than the low end bushnell's. They claim to be similar quality, but MY eyes see better through the Pentax. Possibly personal, but I have nothing against Bushnell, overall.

http://www.swfa.com/c-887-pentax-gameseeker-rifle-scopes.aspx
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Pentax Gameseeker scopes are pretty godd and inexpensive.  I reviews a couple of models when they just came out and they worked fine.  Most importanly, they held zero and adjusted without any hiccups. 4x32 or 3-9x40 models would work fine.

Bushnell Trophy scopes have also been durable, in my experience.  I have played with a 3-9x40 model quite a bit.

Another good option is Vortex Crossfire 3-9x40.

All of the above can be had under $100, I think.

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I have a couple of low end scopes I have some 3-9 x40 Tasco World Class and considering what they cost they seem to hold up well and have reliable adjustments.  I also have a Sightron S1 with mildot reticle which is about $120. and I would highly recommend that scope. I actually started with the Sightron on a Marlin 22 and found the rifle not to be accurate enought to be one I want to stay with so I traded the 22 toward a 30-06 encore barrel and put the Sightron S1 on that. The Mil dot can be used at the highest power for know hold over marks like a balistic reticle as well as being used to range distance with formulas or with a "Mildot Master" (SWFA sells them) The glass is much better in the Sightron and you really are getting a much better scope.  If by some chance you decide to jump into the scope whole hog and get one that will be high quality the Bushnell 4200 3-9x40   has a special offer for a free jacket and the jacket is very nice.

423944M Bushnell%203-9x40%20Elite%204200%20Rifle%20Scope%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20 Bushnell 3-9x40 Elite 4200 Rifle Scope
SWFA: $249.95
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SI39X40MD Sightron%203-9x40%20SI%20Riflescope%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20 Sightron 3-9x40 SI Riflescope
  • Matte
  • Mil-Dot
  • 1"
SWFA: $119.95
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WC3940821D Tasco%203-9x40%20World%20Class%20Riflescope%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20 Tasco 3-9x40 World Class Riflescope
  • Matte
  • 30/30
  • 1"
  • Free 8X21 Camo Binocular w/ Purchase
SWFA: $39.95
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Koshkin will probably give you the best advise as what  you buy is really governed more by price than it is by any other factor, but I have had good luck with the three I mentioned.

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I've also had good luck with the Tasco World Class, but mine is like 20 yrs old.... not sure how the newer ones compare.
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Honestly, I realize that when you want it you want it now. If money is that tight, then please wait until you can buy something that you will be much more satisfied with. Look at what 200.00 dollars can get you, even 175.00 can get you a pretty good scope. Swift Mueller, Bushnell Elite, etc.  These guys have made some good recommendations, and the scopes are all fairly decent. Best of luck to you.
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BSA has some cheap scopes or Redhead from basspro but im not sure if they would stay accurate on a 30-06
 
 
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Do yourself a favor and get a Sightron SI 3-9x mil-dot.
 
I got one to sort of fill in on my Savage 7mm-08 hunting rifle while I was still searching for something better. Figured I could use it as a spare.
 
Dialed it in at the range, nice.
 
Killed a 225# boar at 300 yards one shot so late I could hardly see.
Held of 1.3 mils and dropped it first shot.
Got another one 2 days later 70 yards and another that was way dark.
 
I read it has a good reputation for holding up on heavy magnum rifles.
 
It has a permanant place on my rifle now.
 
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on the affordable side the prostaff or sightron SI. I've had both for a few years now and there holding up fine. I just recieved my 2nd primos 3-9 and they seem like a good deal nice and clear with good tracking.
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Good suggestions so far. If not already mentioned, Vortex, while still to the market, are gaining a good reputation. One thing that you should keep in mind, is that if you got to cheap, they become disposable and dollar foolish. I put a Bushnell Trophy 3-9x40 on a slug gun and I was surprised how well it's help up over the last 25 years. It ran him less than 100 bucks and it hasn't lost zero. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Thar Nikon Prostaff seem to be very durable from what I've heard and have been around for a long time as well. Lastly, take a look at some of the fixed power scopes.


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 DO NOT BUY A BSA SCOPE under any circumstances .....   No%20No
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what the hell happened to Roy's post?
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That does seem strange huh? OK it should be fixed now.

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ED will come unglued if he sees that
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Ed the SPELLING POLICE will be completely beside himself over that one. No doubt, excellent call 3_tens. Perhaps I shall send Ed a link. Stiring%20The%20Pot

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A lot of people have given good reports of the Simmons 22 Mag 3~9X scopes with AO. SWFA sells them for $59.95.

They also have a Barska Cougar 4~12X with AO for $49.95.

Another option is an air gun scope. They are tough and generally pretty decent scopes. I would, however, stay away from BSA.  I own a Barska 4~12X40 air gun scope that has worked well for me. I don't care for the mil-dot reticle but the controls are smooth and positive. SWFA sells them for about $56.
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I have had a Bushnell Trophy on a 30-06 for years, and have never had any trouble. 
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Originally posted by Tip69 Tip69 wrote:

what the hell happened to Roy's post?


Wasn't thinking clearly upon hearing the news that I'm getting a new Ingram in a couple of days. I will post the pics,....it's a real beauty.


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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

Originally posted by Tip69 Tip69 wrote:

what the hell happened to Roy's post?


Wasn't thinking clearly upon hearing the news that I'm getting a new Ingram in a couple of days. I will post the pics,....it's a real beauty.


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Wow....... can't wait to see it!
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