GUN How do you buy a scope?

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  1. WiLL

    WiLL Active Member

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    This is coming from a rifle noob. How do you buy a scope?

    I will be buying one for my Savage Model 93R17-FVSS.

    -Are scopes universally mounted?
    -What do the numbers mean? For example, 4 x 32mm or 3-9 x 32mm?
    -What should I be looking for in terms of range? I plan to shoot at a minimum of 100 yards. Maybe longer.
    -What are some brands to look at?

    Any other tips? Comments? :hs:

    Thanks.
     
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    sorry, as to the questions

    1) kind of, because the scope itself doesn't mount to the gun. You buy rings that mount to the gun and hold the scope.
    2) the numbers tell you the magnification and the lens size. A dash like in your second example means its a variable zoom scope, in that case from 3x to 9x magnification. The x32mm part tells you how wide the lens is.
    3) IMO, go for less magnification over more. A super high zoom will be excellent for those 1000 yd shots everyone makes :)mamoru:), but will leave you wanting with shorter shots. Bottom line, if you can see it, you can hit it, there's no need to be able to count the hairs on the beast or the fibers in the paper target.
    4) depends on what you are using it for and how much you want to spend. A cheaper scope will be fine for range duty, but may not hold up in the field. Conversely, if its just for range plinking, a zillion dollar Swavaroski is overkill.


    Since someone will undoubtedly disagree, all subjective matters are my opinion.
     
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    Thanks.

    How about for trusted brands? And just to get an idea, how much am I looking to spend?
     
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    aww, $20, I wanted a peanut!
     
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    Swavaroski, Leupold, and Zeiss are probably the best but they cost a lot.
     
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    I think a better question is, how much are you willing to spend? You can go from $30 to well over $1000 for a scope, so what's your budget?
     
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    good answer.
     
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    when it comes to scopes, you get what you pay for

    we ONLY put leupolds on our guns. there is reason for this. they never fog, never get water in them, and NEVER fail us. they are also crystal clear and have a lifetime warranty.

    you take a tasco or whatever from indoors, to the outdoors when its cold, and it will fog the fuck up. this has NEVER happened to a leupold with us. you can take them in and out of every climate and never have it fog up
     
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    Word. I just finished shopping around for one and I found that they can be uber expensive, and uber crap.

    I ended up getting this one for 60 after shipping. It was my first scope purchase and I've never shot with a "quality" scope like the above mentioned brands. So I have no basis for comparison, but this thing feels really solid and has crystal clear optics. It has all the fog/shock/water proofing, 1/8MOA adjustments (most are 1/4), adjustable parallax, etc. It's 6.5-20x50 which is pretty much overkill on my range queen 10/22. But like I said, it was cheap.

    It even came with rings, flip up lens caps and a sunshade extention!

    I did like the nikon 3-9x40 I saw, but it was also 4 times as expensive. good luck!
     
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    No pun intended, but my Vari-X II blew goats, it was dim and wasn't very clear at max magnification. I sold it and bought a Bushnell Elite 3200 and I couldn't be happier. I think part of the problem was that it wasn't exactly up to date technology wise, but I still sold it for more than it was worth to me, so it worked out well. :hs:
     
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    It's easy to say something is shock proof/water proof/no fog, etc., but until it's tested you'll never know. I'm sure it works well for you and most people, but I'd never put a low end scope on something that is going to take some abuse, I tried it once and fucked myself. :o
     
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    Yeah I know. I actually don't think that the element proofing will ever get tested on this rifle. Like I said, its just a range plinker.
     
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    my brothers getting a gun like that except it will have a wood stock with a bull barrel. He was set on getting wheither a simmons or bushnell 3-9x32 scope. Anyone wanna tell him otherwise?
     
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    As long as it works for you :bigthumb:
     
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    My budget would be under $100. :hs: Thanks for the info.
     

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