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Old 06-24-2006, 05:43 PM
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Guys, i just purchased a Browning .308 to round out my small gun collection. I wanted a good quality, all-around use hunting rifle that i hope will retain some of its value. I don't do much hunting, but it is something i enjoy once in a while. I know a lot of regulars on this board are also into firearms, so i thought i'd throw this question out there. What (moderately priced) scope would you recommend to go with this rifle? The salesman recommended a Leupold 10 x 40, and the limited info. i've found seems to suggest this might be a good option. Thanks for any help.

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Ya can't go wrong with Leupold. Best customer service in the business. When you say a 10X40 are you talking a fixed power scope? I have a Vari-X II but its a 4x10 40 which means a 40mm lens but can go from 4x to 10x. ??
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Shag - 6/24/2006 6:57 PM

Ya can't go wrong with Leupold. Best customer service in the business. When you say a 10X40 are you talking a fixed power scope? I have a Vari-X II but its a 4x10 40 which means a 40mm lens but can go from 4x to 10x. ??
Thanks, Shag. I believe you're right about the Leupold scope; i think it was a Vari-X 4-10x. It was about $400. Nice to hear about good customer service. To me, that is almost always associated with a good quality product.
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It probabaly is a Vari-X III instead of a Vari-X II. The only difference in the II and the III is that the II adjusts smoothly (analog) and the III adjusts with clicks (digital). With the clicks you know how many MOA's each time you click it. I'd rather have a III but mine came with the gun.

BTW, which rifle did you get?
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I prefer the 2x7. Four power can be a problem when you run into a deer at close range or in heavy cover. I like the compact series.
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For a 308 - Leupold in a Vari-X I or II.

The VX-I can be had in 4-12x40, VX-II 9 or 4-12x40 and those are the ones I would recommend.

I have the VX-I 2x7x33 on my .22 and it is a tack driver. I have the VX-I 4-12x40 and that is a wonderful setup on my 7 Mag...

Don't go cheap, that's all I have to say - ya get what ya pay for!
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Good point, barrell. We tend to run into a lot of heavy brush here in NC. Shag - its Browning's autoloader, BAR Safari.

Thanks Chris, you posted at the same time as me! And you're right; $800 is a lot of money for a gun (to me at least), so i don't plan on scrimping too much when it comes to the sights. But i can't see spending over a grand for a scope on this gun either.



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Oh no... Not a grand for a scope...

Figure on about $300 for the VX-I 4-12x40 and around $400 for the 4-12x40 in the VX-II...

Don't forget to get some good mounts too.. Obviously Leupolds are good...
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VARI X III, there is no substitute
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Correction on my above post: Vari-X I has smooth adjustment, Vari-X II has 1/4 MOA clicks.
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barrell - 6/24/2006 11:02 PM

I prefer the 2x7. Four power can be a problem when you run into a deer at close range or in heavy cover. I like the compact series.
I would prefer the 2X7 for the same reasons and learn to shoot it at 2 or 3 X anything more than that your looking it hair and it's hard to PICK A SPOT and squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez , plaaaap. Back strap's on the BBQ

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Hydro, several smart azz replies come to mind, but since it sounds like you're serious, I'll skip them......
WHATEVER scope you decide to get remember these points.....
1. Get adjustments with positive clicks, not "smooth".....
2. Buy the absolute BEST mounts that you can afford............
3. Get a model with the most latitude in eye relief........
4. Consider parallax adjustable models........
5. Determine your maximum budget, narrow it down to a couple of models and then compare the features and your choice will be come crystal clear.........
6. DO NOT buy any scope without taking it OUTSIDE for a look at clarity and brightness....

Once you have it narrowed down, holler back for opinions........
See, NOT ONCE did I use the word left......
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I will agree with Bailey 100%. There is no subusitute for quality scopes.

I have a friend that hunts with me and he notice that ALL of my rifle have Leupold Vari X III's on them(6 to be exact) except one. His comment was that it is nice to know somebody with $$$$ . I explained that I DO NOT HAVE THAT MUCH EXTRA MONEY but I have learned the hard way that you can waste more money than you save on crappy scopes.

This friend had a very nice bolt actioni rifle with a $100 or less scope on it(I will not name the MFG). Well we had the "discussion" over many a beer about the advantages of a top quality scope.

Only one way to settle this argument, he used my beloved Browing Abolt Stalker 300 mag topped with a Vari X III 3.5x10 50mm. After ONE late afternoon hunt he admitted he was wrong(love him to death but he is NEVER wrong ), and he now owns MY beloved 300 mag. I normally do not sell guns but frankly I have more than I use and my son has zero interest in hunting so I sold it to him(at a great price mind you) and used the money to purchase a new set of Callaway golf clubs to spend time with my 18yr old son doing what he loves to do, play golf.

Baily hit the nail on the head and I will say I just thought Leupold was the best till I looked through my nephew Swarvoski, MAN what a great scope and that may be my next purchase after I squeeze the hunting budget for a Benelli Super Black Eagle this summer
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Ive got a Mark 4 4.5-14x50mm Leupold on one rifle @ 900$
and a model#669ma 6-18x44mm Swift Optics on the other @ 200$

They both work well and have the 1/4 clicks ,but Im not sure the Leupold is 700$ better than the Swift Optics.
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Default Re: Scope for a .308

Burris also makes a quality scope that you may want to consider.
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TPrice, to recommend a Vari-X III so much over a I or II is kind of silly.. The optics are pretty similar on them, sure the III is better, but not worth the extra $100's IMHO.

Yes, Swarovski is nice - it should be for the price..
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ReelWork - 6/25/2006 3:05 PM

TPrice, to recommend a Vari-X III so much over a I or II is kind of silly.. The optics are pretty similar on them, sure the III is better, but not worth the extra $100's IMHO.

Yes, Swarovski is nice - it should be for the price..

Everyone to his own but IMHO they are worth the "little" extra.
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As this is a semi-auto I'm guessing it's a hunting rifle, I'd opt for a Nikon Buckmaster 3-9X40. At $199.99 it's plenty of scope for that rifle. Match it with a set of Leupold medium bases, at under $20.00, and you'd be hard-pressed to get a like package at twice the price.
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Shag - 6/24/2006 5:57 PM

Ya can't go wrong with Leupold. Best customer service in the business. When you say a 10X40 are you talking a fixed power scope? I have a Vari-X II but its a 4x10 40 which means a 40mm lens but can go from 4x to 10x. ??
My sentiments exactly. too many problems with burris wouldn't recommend them .now sworovski or some others are much better but then again they should be for their price.http://www.swfa.com/ of course if you want the absolute best us optics none better imho
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semi auto brush gun big field of view bright with alot of eye relief 1.5-4 x20 leu or nikon
1.75-6x32 leu or nikon burris busnell elite with rain gaurd and firefly reticle I have this on a 7600 pump carbine in 06 balisticly the same as a 22" 308 You don't have enough gun for a 3x9 If it was blueprinted yes but factory stock out of the box no
If you can't hit it with 6x then 9x won't help either A good fixed power in 2.5 or halo/red dot is also very quick to aquire and you get unlimited eye relief I used one but the gun didn't carry right ( I track my deer in the snow) so I bought the bushnell with the thought I might go back to the peep sight The scope throws the balance off but it is nice out in the hardwoods

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