Opinions on a rifle scope.

Greg Beck

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I just purchased a Tikka T3 Lite in a.270. Now I need a scope. Wanting to extend my range to around 500-700 yards. Mostly hunt mule deer. Occasionally elk. And predators. Probably do some recreational target shooting. Looking at SWFA scopes.

Should I buy the 10 or 12 x 42? Good price and reviews say a lot of good. Or spend a little more on the 3-15 x 42? Will I like the fixed power? Do I need the magnification range of 3-15?

I don't have the budget to spend much over $500ish. Even at that I'll have to wait a bit to gather the cash. The fixed power I could swing now.
I'd like to hear some pros and cons of the SWFA fixed power scopes.
Or any other scope suggestions in that price?
Thanks


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dirtytough

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A fixed 10 or 12 would be pretty tough to hunt with imo. I killed a buck last year at 30-40 yards. That is tough with a scope on 10 or 12 power. I would look for a variable power scope, or a lower fixed power like a 6x.

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I found a Leupold 3.5x10x50 with a Boone and Crocket reticle for $300. Also a similar Leupold with CDS with an Moa turret for $500. Both are in excellent shape and come with lens caps. Would something like either of those fit the bill?


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I have pretty much the same rifle and asked for some opinions on here as well. I havent bought one yet because i dont need it for this fall but i got a lot of guys recommending I look at Leupold VX-3i scopes. Maybe check some of those options out.
 

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The Sightron S-Tac 4-20 with the MOA2 reticle is my favorite sub $500 scope. It has capped target turrets that dial repeatably and the glass is surprisingly good for the price point. It's a great scope for the money.
 

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I just purchased a Tikka T3 Lite in a.270. Now I need a scope. Wanting to extend my range to around 500-700 yards. Mostly hunt mule deer. Occasionally elk. And predators. Probably do some recreational target shooting. Looking at SWFA scopes.

Should I buy the 10 or 12 x 42? Good price and reviews say a lot of good. Or spend a little more on the 3-15 x 42? Will I like the fixed power? Do I need the magnification range of 3-15?

I don't have the budget to spend much over $500ish. Even at that I'll have to wait a bit to gather the cash. The fixed power I could swing now.
I'd like to hear some pros and cons of the SWFA fixed power scopes.
Or any other scope suggestions in that price?
Thanks


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The only scopes in the $500 range that is reliable and durable, and will dial repeatably is SWFA SS. The 6x SS with Mil-Quad reticle is fine at both close range and 600 yards. The 3-9x42mm SWFA is fantastic, and you can find them used for under $500.
 

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You want either a low fixed power or variable power scope for most hunting, I would not want a 10x, etc.

Not sure how it has lived up to reviews but the vortex razor hd lh 3-15x42 has been popping up on camofire for $575 lately.
 
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The only scopes in the $500 range that is reliable and durable, and will dial repeatably is SWFA SS. The 6x SS with Mil-Quad reticle is fine at both close range and 600 yards. The 3-9x42mm SWFA is fantastic, and you can find them used for under $500.
Thanks for the input! I'll be checking for 3-9x42 new or used.


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