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KYBOY

12 pointer
Apr 21, 2005
8,691
Floyd,co..Kentucky
Ive got to purchase 2-3 new scopes this year coming and Im going to spend some decent money . Kind of hypocritical of me to spend $200 on a set of open sights and then balk at spending $300 glass..
 

predator1

12 pointer
Dec 25, 2008
3,774
On top of a hill in Ky
Ive got to purchase 2-3 new scopes this year coming and Im going to spend some decent money . Kind of hypocritical of me to spend $200 on a set of open sights and then balk at spending $300 glass..
I don’t foresee me spending below $500 anymore. I’m not likely to replace some of the scopes I have. But if do, they’ll be an upgrade in optical clarity. The Meopta really surprised me.
 

JR in KY

12 pointer
Jan 25, 2006
6,561
The Occupied South
The really Hi Dollar scopes give incredible clarity you never knew existed.
I thought my Nightforce NXS was pretty good....
Friend had a March 8 X 80 and warned me not to look through it or I would never be satisfied with anything else. I Looked. And he was correct, But. I can't possibly afford Scopes like That and don't need That Top of the line stuff anyway.
I DO have a Vortex Viper and it is a cheap Chinko scope but its OK for me.
 

predator1

12 pointer
Dec 25, 2008
3,774
On top of a hill in Ky
I guess you guys turn your noses up at my Nikon Prostaff.
I wouldn’t turn my nose up at anyone’s equipment. So long as an individual is happy and it gets the job done for them. That’s all that matters. What started this. My son got a Vortex Diamondback on his new Savage rifle. When we’re sighting it in next to my rifle. I was shocked at the optical difference and thought it was just me. So I kept quiet. He was the first one to verbally say he was disappointed after looking through mine.
 

silentarcher

8 pointer
Feb 27, 2013
568
west ky
I think one thing many people don't think about when it comes to optics clarity is the fact that everyone's eyes are different. Just like when going to the optometrist there's many different lenses that affect your ability to read the charts and clearly see what's in front of you. I still think this is the number one reason why one person may favor one scope manufacturer and the next guy favors another. When someone says a certain brand is the clearest brightest scope they've ever seen they're probably being truthful. But that doesn't mean it's going to be the brightest and clearest for me. Just to many variables. I've looked through some expensive scopes myself that weren't what others said they should be. And I've looked through some middle of the road scopes that appeared sharper and more clear. To my eyes some of the brightest easiest scopes to view a target or animal with are burris. I also notice less eye fatigue with them.

I've tried to like vortex and still look at different makes and models but every time I look through them I'm reminded why I haven't purchased one. They seem to vary quite a bit even among the same exact models. My cousin has one on his squirrel rifle and I've shot a few squirrels with his gun when hunting. His vortex scope is actually brighter and way more crisp than the same models I've looked through in the stores. I've looked through some Leupolds that were the same. Some were outstanding while some seemed below par. Some bushnells are very clear and crisp as well. One bushnell that stands out is the AR 4.5-18x40 with side parallax focus. If it wasn't almost Christmas I'd be picking one up. Still might since they're on sale right now for $149.99 at rural king. If you guys get a chance look through one of these and see what you think. Even has a drop compensating reticle.
 

RLWEBB

12 pointer
Nov 30, 2005
10,435
Staffordsville, KY
I guess you guys turn your noses up at my Nikon Prostaff.
I won’t as I own several of them. Nothing wrong with them at all. I’ll never own any Vortex optics. Sure they have a great warranty but do some research on line and see how many and how often people have to use it. Hard pass for me. I bought a Leupold VX 5 HD two years ago, and while not the most expensive optic for sure, it’s $1099 retail on most sites like Midway or Cabelas. Now I didn’t pay that much as I ordered from Predator Optics (super deals by the way). Shoot him an email with the model and factory part number and he’ll give you a price. You won’t be disappointed. Anyway, the Leupold is much better than my Nikon scopes, including a Monarch, but it’s supposed to be. Buy what you like and can afford but I’ll not go cheap on optics again.
 

1wildcatfan

12 pointer
Jan 2, 2009
15,010
raised n Bullitt Co.
Ive got to purchase 2-3 new scopes this year coming and Im going to spend some decent money . Kind of hypocritical of me to spend $200 on a set of open sights and then balk at spending $300 glass..
Highly recommend this scope. Have a couple of them and couple of its predecesor, Meopro.
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bgkyarcher

12 pointer
Aug 23, 2011
20,422
BG
I wouldn’t turn my nose up at anyone’s equipment. So long as an individual is happy and it gets the job done for them. That’s all that matters. What started this. My son got a Vortex Diamondback on his new Savage rifle. When we’re sighting it in next to my rifle. I was shocked at the optical difference and thought it was just me. So I kept quiet. He was the first one to verbally say he was disappointed after looking through mine.
Sometime over the Summer months, I'd love to meet up with you and see your optics vs my Nikon. Just curious.
 

WaterDog88

12 pointer
Jul 28, 2008
2,203
Kentucky
And my $100 Nikon Buckmasters
I’ve got mostly leupolds on my guns and love them but I’ve also got an old 3x9 buckmaster. Nothing wrong with it. It holds zero and the glass is good enough. I actually just took a red dot off an AR and stuck the Nikon on there to pack for coyotes. I’ll also put in a plug for the little bushnell banner 4.5x I picked up on sale a few years ago. I stuck it on a muzzleloader not expecting anything but it’s been a good little scope
 

Scoony

6 pointer
Nov 7, 2003
445
Radcliff
Everyone likes Vortex because they have a great warranty. I do have a couple. A Crossfire 2-7 on a shotgun set up with a slug barrel and a Diamondback 2-7 on an AR. No failures yet, but I have my fingers crossed.

For Leupolds, I have a few VX3s and would not even think about any of the lines below them. I did have a couple of the VX3 4.5-14s that I sold as they were too much magnification for these Kentucky woods.

The most expensive scope I have is a Nightforce SHV and that is very nice scope for the lower cost, no frills Nightforce brand. It is built like a tank without being too heavy. I have it mounted on a Rem 700 in 308 and it is a perfect combo.

The scopes that I have been purchasing recently and mounting on everything are SWFA scopes. Their fixed 6x is legendary, and they have trouble keeping them in stock. Probably the best $300 scope you can by, The dials do exactly what they are supposed to do. I have one mounted on a Rem 700 in 223 and that rifle is a blast to shoot out to 300 and beyond. That is basically my training rife so I can practice positional shooting with cheap ammo. I also have a 10x, 3-9, 3-15, and a few others from SWFA mounted on various rifles. I let the guys at the range look through them and they are always impressed. You can only get the SWFA scopes from them, there are no middlemen that retail them.

SWFA may not have the best glass, but they do what rifle scopes are supposed to do. They retain zero, dial correctly for range, and return to zero perfectly. And when they get banged around, they don't loose zero. Plus their glass is actually pretty good.

My eyesight is not what it once was and I now wear glasses. I am not super picky on glass, and really don't feel the need for high magnification as a means to compensate for worsening eyes. A deer at 300 yards still look big through that fixed 6x.

Another scope I have been eyeballing and will probably be my next scope purchase is a Trijicon Credo 2-10x36.
 


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