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  • #31
    Originally posted by mtb_tom View Post
    What are your reservations about Vortex? I'm new to hunting/long range shooting, but have heard them referred to as great value optics-- is this just hype I'm hearing? Are there other brands you'd recommend over Vortex at those price points?
    Iíve had issues with a couple of vortex optics, and just donít think the glass is all that greatóunless you get the higher end vortex glass, and at those price points I think there are many better options. Vortex is one of those that I just think are overhyped, and a lot of what people like is the great warrantee. But a number of other companies have similar warrantees, and in my opinion, youíre more likely to actually need the warrantee with vortex. If you want great Ďvalueí optics I would look at redfield and some others, but thatís just me.

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    • #32
      Thanks, I'll do some looking into Redfield.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by mtb_tom View Post
        Thanks, I'll do some looking into Redfield.
        Yikes! There is a gigantic learning curve ahead for you. From your other posts, I gather you are new to the firearms-hunting fraternity. So, let me share some thoughts: 1. Since you are likely to shoot inside of 200 yards at most and given monetary/durability considerations, I would choose a fixed power scope,4x or 6x in a SWFA (great bang for the money), older Leupold, older Weaver, older Burris, etc. with Duplex crosshairs. Of course, that assumes you are a "set and forget" shooter not a knob cranker (wannabe sniper). 2. Don't buy newer cheap variable scopes because most will break down. 2.Most scope reviews are tainted by self-serving biases from people who get paid to promote products. Be skeptical!
        You can go to different websites where you can separate the self-serving shills from the real folks when talking rifle scopes.
        Right now, SWFA is having a sale. The optics are not fantastic, but very good and the scopes are bomb proof!

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        • #34
          I just got my dadís old triple deuce off the rack for a cleaning. I havenít shot it much and knew without a shadow of doubt that it had an old fine cross hair k6 Weaver. I was wrong itís a Kolmorgen! Now those were some dandy fine scopes back in the day! Another favorite of mine is the old Universal brand made I believe in Florida!

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Coldfoot View Post
            Yikes! There is a gigantic learning curve ahead for you. From your other posts, I gather you are new to the firearms-hunting fraternity. So, let me share some thoughts: 1. Since you are likely to shoot inside of 200 yards at most and given monetary/durability considerations, I would choose a fixed power scope,4x or 6x in a SWFA (great bang for the money), older Leupold, older Weaver, older Burris, etc. with Duplex crosshairs. Of course, that assumes you are a "set and forget" shooter not a knob cranker (wannabe sniper). 2. Don't buy newer cheap variable scopes because most will break down. 2.Most scope reviews are tainted by self-serving biases from people who get paid to promote products. Be skeptical!
            You can go to different websites where you can separate the self-serving shills from the real folks when talking rifle scopes.
            Right now, SWFA is having a sale. The optics are not fantastic, but very good and the scopes are bomb proof!
            We have a local guy who was born with a silver spoon in his pie hole. He has a couple of coyote rifle scope combos that are worth more than my truck. He likes to flap his lip on the radio about his quality shió-stuff. I just tell him to let me know when his Schmidt and Bender actually lands a bullet from that 22-284 barrel burner on a yote......to my knowledge so far it hainít drawn fur😳. His gun shoots 1/2 inch groups on paper. My mini 14 with a 4x Universal shoots 1.25 on a good day and the coyotes are scared to death of that thing.

            What I am saying is that you canít spend your way to success in the field with high dollar shió-stuff! You need to pay your dues. Spend the extra money on ammo and practice from hunting positions. When meat for the freezer presents itself in the wild all of that shooting from a bench is going to be of little value.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by elmerkeithclone View Post
              Spend the extra money on ammo and practice from hunting positions. When meat for the freezer presents itself in the wild all of that shooting from a bench is going to be of little value.
              That's almost the whole package. I notice that many of the same guys prefer to spend their time standing around sporting goods counters and firing lines yammering about just the right gear, rather than getting out and using the stuff they already own. If they'd devote 5% of that time to shooting their guns rather than their mouths, they'd be immensely better shots. Add another 5% for being in the hills learning the ways of the animals, and their only complaint in life would be too little freezer space.

              Jawing and spending are sure fun. But the winners of countertop debates and the authorities at the range are seldom even marginally successful hunters. I'm betting they wear out the seats of their pants long before they break in their hunting boots! :whistle:
              "Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good."
              Merle Haggard

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              • #37
                Definitely new to hunting and optics, less so firearms in general-- though I still wouldn't call myself an expert there. I feel fortunate to be in an age where so much information and advice is so readily available-- but it leaves a lot to take in!

                I am definitely a set and forget type, and do like the simplicity of a fixed power, what little scoped shooting I've done has always been with fixed. I'd rather spend money on getting more rounds through in practice than a nicer scope.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by mtb_tom View Post
                  Definitely new to hunting and optics, less so firearms in general-- though I still wouldn't call myself an expert there. I feel fortunate to be in an age where so much information and advice is so readily available-- but it leaves a lot to take in!

                  I am definitely a set and forget type, and do like the simplicity of a fixed power, what little scoped shooting I've done has always been with fixed. I'd rather spend money on getting more rounds through in practice than a nicer scope.

                  You can buy used, but, be aware most people who get rid of a scope do so for a reason: Won't hold zero or mechanical problems. Once in a while, there are some honest people who are simply "upgrading" (buying into the BS hype) and sell perfectly sound scopes. The older fixed power Weaver, Leupold and Burris scopes tended to be sturdy and reliable. SWFA scopes have OK glass but are mechanically bullet proof. You can read all kind of information regarding scopes in many "gunny" sites. Remember to separate the "set and forget" from the "knob twister" reviews.

                  Regarding, shooting skills, go to a nearby range and you will see most shooting off sandbags. Seldom ever one sees guys shooting offhand without sticks, prone without a bipod, kneeling or sitting using a sling. Practice offhand shooting inside of 100 yards. Some practice generalizes to actual hunting situations. Do not believe for a minute people who are great hunters are great shooters. Neither are great shooters great hunters. The goal is to be both. But, it takes time and effort.

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                  • #39
                    BrownBear and Coldfoot, you both nailed it! I pretty much only shoot from the bench when getting a scope dialed in. I have a series of three gongs. A 4 inches at 50 and 100 and a 8 inch gong at 200. I fair better when free hand shooting at those gongs with low magnification fixed power scopes over high magnification. My 3x9 scopes are very very seldom set on >6X.

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                    • #40
                      Favorite scope is a Leupold VX-III, 2.5-8x36. Itís lightweight, relatively compact, good optical quality, good price point, provides good low end power for close shooting, yet decent high end power for reasonable (for me anyway) long end shooting. Iíve got a friend that lives on the river (boats and snow machines), he has a tank for a scope, which I believe is a Nightforce, 2.5-10◊42 COMPACT. Itís on a Ruger 77 .308; has never had a problem with it losing zero. I just like one a little lighter.

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                      • #41
                        Swarovski Z4i 3-12x50...

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                        • #42
                          As of five days ago, it is a Nightforce SHV 3-10x42 with illuminated Forceplex reticle. Sits in Talley QD rings on my Mod. 70 .338. It is the "best" scope I have ever put on my .338 Winny.

                          Good glass and the adjustments repeatability are legendary. I am now a scope snob, finally.

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