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I will be in the market for a new scope this year. Last year while trying to sight it in, no matter how many clicks up I went my spot never moved. I currently have a 3x9x40 and was wondering if you think a 4.5x14x40 would be better for my situation. I hunt mostly fields with shots ranging to 300 yards. any thoughts or recommendations
 

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A 3X9 should be all you need unless that rifle only sees pipelines and powerlines! Try hunting close quarters with a 4X scope and IF you can find the deer in the scope, it will be nothing but brown. Where would you be aiming???

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I use a 4 to12 Simmons with a range finder for field hunting, not too expensive, and it can be quickly adjusted for up to 500 yards.
Some scopes cant handle the shock of certain calibers, tasco and bushnell are two I had problems with. Cant keep them sighted in, and had one tasco that I wiped the crosshairs right out of when sighting in my 7mm mag.
If you got the extra cash, nikon or swarovski have super clear lenses that really gather light for low light situations.

CaptD, never had a problem with a 4 power in close quarters, Ive shot a few deer with 4 power at 25 yards, although I do have a 50mm lense.
 

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Prefer 2.5-7x leupold.....more than 2.5 in the woods is useless...and 7x is good out to 350 yards +...... my '06 don't lie!!!!!
 

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I gotta say that my old Leupold 2.5x7 is probably one of the best scopes I have ever peered through. Although my new Leupold 3x9x40 seems to work just fine for me. I've taken a number of deer while tracking and still hunting in fairly thick woods and truly can't say that the 3 power setting was too much. There are some times that i would prefer a 1.5x4 Trijicon but the price is still a little steep for me. Maybe it'll be my birthday gift to myself.... hell, who says a man can't treat himself to a birthday gift.... right boys????
 

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Or the wife? I know my wife's gotten many a good fishing pole for her birhtday.:crutch:
 

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Mine occassonally gets a new rifle..... but only hunts a day or two per season... doesn't seem to mind it if I take it out to do some "maintenance" shooting.
 

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I'm sure you've tried this, but if you haven't, give the windage and elevation turrets several hard taps with your finger, usually only have to do it once and it will adjust from there on. I bought my first Leupold 2.5 for my handgun last year, and just bought a 4x12x40 for my 22.250. I now swear by them, they're a little more expensive, but I look at it as a life investment. You may also want to take a look at Mueller they're not too pricey, I have heard nothing but good reviews. Just my $.02.
 

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For the most part with scopes, you get what you pay for. I read a review of the Tasco Tactical/Varminter scope with high turrets and all, and for some reason that particular lower priced scope reviewed astoundingly good! But apart from a few wierd occurances, aim high (pun intended) and save your pennies for something of good quality. I have Leupold on most, but hey, I am self employed, so sometimes you just gotta get glass on a rifle, and Leupold is just out of the price range! I am going to try one of those Maine Vue Scopes fairly soon actually. I have a 6.5Grendel AR15 tackdriver that I want to put a higher power scope on for range use and those MaineVue's are pretty reasonable.
 

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I checked out the MVO glass at the Concord Gun Show last year. A friend of mine works with a dealer over there (Lee's Gun Shop) and he carries them. They look decent. I figure they are worth a try. If I like them, I am the type to blab all over the freaking place about them. Most people blab when something is bad because they are angry about it (I do that too...heehee!) but I like to make a bigger deal about good experiences with products. I would even implore the MVO guy to send me something in the 50mm and 16-24 power range with tall turrets so I can try it out and do a writeup. I would of course place that writeup here, on northeastshooters.com, 6.5Grendel.com, and 50beowulf.com as well as possibly arfcom and warrifles.com too. I know, everyone wants something for nothing, but I am certainly willing to go out of my way to help out MVO and their advertising if they do in fact have a really good reasonably priced product. Not all of us have $500-1000 to spend on a damn Swarovski piece of glass, so having these "better than Tasco" options is a great thing!
 

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U.S.Hunting Today's Product Review Specialist, Richard "The Bee" Becraft, did an amazing and thorough testing and review of one of MVO scopes. Read the report here.
 

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I will have to check out MVO, but I know that when I looked through a Swarvoski I was sold. Some people have a hard time spending big money on scopes, but isnt that what makes the weapon? Ive been using Simmons for some years, its a good cheap scope, but I compared it to my buddy's SW at low light and the difference is unreal. Even regular light conditions was no comparison.
 

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Yeh, thanks K6, you just ruined my chances at doing a review. You bastard!! heehee.

BD, you are right, a good optic will just be amazing, or should be. You just have to balance cost with performance and if you got a budget, you got a budget. I have a Vari-X2 on a .30-06 and it is great, but then I shoot my dad's .338mag with the Vari-X3 with 50mm obj and it is WAY better! I would have gotten a VX3, but I could not afford it when I got my 30-06.
 

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Well, I shot my bear last year at about 15yds on 4.5 power with no problems. I have 4.5-14 Leupolds on most of my rifles, and the ones I didnt, I changed to it. I am putting a 3-9 on that rifle as it is my bear rifle and will only b shooting up to 50yds, so there is no need for the 14 power. Putting the 4.5-14 on the 243 when I finally get it. If you are hunting fields and stuff, 4.5-14 is as good as it gets as far as im concerned.
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Bought this about a year ago:
http://www.opticsplanet.net/optronics-4-16x50mm-horizon-hunting-rifle-scope-rbh-41650v.html
Very happy with it so far.
I shoot a lot, and it stays right on.
I have it on a H&R/NEF 243 Single shot.
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Just got one of the new low profile 55mm 3.5 x 10 leupold scopes.A little pricey also but well worth it in those low lite situations.
 
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