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Planning on buying a .308 rifle either a:
- Remington 700 SPS or
- Savage 10 10FP

Need recommendation on BEST VALUE scope less than $200 (can go up to $300 if really needed). It will be used for (occasional) deer hunting and I want 3-9x40 (at least). I want one that will last since I believe/plan on buying once.

I also need help choosing good mount and scope rings.

If there is a good package deal you can recommend with any of the rifle stated above that would be super.

I am not in a hurry since the purchase may not happen until late summer (unless I find a great deal before hand).

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PROSTAFF | RIFLESCOPES

I just replaced a cheap Simmons scope with a Nikon ProStaff with the BDC reticle for around $180.

This scope is very clear and IMHO, a great value.

this is on an entry level Savage model 11 that I bought as a package deal at WalMart.
 

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Two good deals in your range (in my opinion).

SWFA Riflescopes Millett Riflescopes Millett Tactical Riflescopes

SWFA Riflescopes SWFA SS Rifle Scopes SWFA SS Scopes

I like both of these lines. I have two of the 10X rear focus SS scopes and they have served me very well. One is used on a semi-auto 308 and it has held it's zero with no issues.

If I was going with a 1-4 or 4-16 I'd get the Millett.

Just depends on the distances you believe you will shoot at most often. If you'll use it up close (no farther than 200-300 yards) you might want a good 1-4 to allow quick follow up shots and doubles. The 4-16 can cover both close and long shots with the chances for doubles being a slight bit less. I really like the 10X and the rear focus makes it easy to use from 10 yards out as far as you want to go, but it's going to be difficult to get the doubles with it.

If you've never looked at either of these two brands, they are at least worth your time to look at as a possibility.

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Gonna sound like a broken record, but here's my Millett TRS-1 4-16x50 scope on an EGW picatinny mount and Burris XTreme tactical 30mm picatinny rings. Perfect fit on my 10FP LE w/flip-up scope covers installed:



MidwayUSA has the Millett on sale for $296.99, and even has a coupon for $10 off $100, $20 off $200, or $30 off $300. I can put the coupon codes up if anyone's interested, should apply to almost everything Midway sells.

$100 or more - Use Promotion Code 100310
$200 or more - Use Promotion Code 200310
$300 or more - Use Promotion Code 300310
 

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+1 for the Prostaff. I have one for my 308 and I love it. Less than 200 for the scope, its one of the clearest scopes I have used, BDC is a pretty nice alt to mil dot and its a nikon, life time warrenty, they are the glass makers for their own stuff, and its pretty close to prefect for what you are going to use it for. Good luck buddy! Oh and that one above mine, looks sick. Id buy one if I wanted to spend 300 clams.
 

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+1 for the Prostaff. I have one for my 308 and I love it. Less than 200 for the scope, its one of the clearest scopes I have used, BDC is a pretty nice alt to mil dot and its a nikon, life time warrenty, they are the glass makers for their own stuff, and its pretty close to prefect for what you are going to use it for. Good luck buddy! Oh and that one above mine, looks sick. Id buy one if I wanted to spend 300 clams.
Are you referring to Buckmaster?

I can actually get any of these then...
Prostaff 3-9x40 for $135.
Prostaff 4-12x40 for $147.(leaning towards this two)
Buckmaster 3-9x40 Buckmaster for $185. (leaning towards this two)
Monarch 2-8x32 for $258
Monarch 2.5-10x42 for 315.
 

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Are you referring to Buckmaster?

I can actually get any of these then...
Prostaff 3-9x40 for $135.
Prostaff 4-12x40 for $147.(leaning towards this two)
Buckmaster 3-9x40 Buckmaster for $185. (leaning towards this two)
Monarch 2-8x32 for $258
Monarch 2.5-10x42 for 315.
Edit, I meant i would buy the Millett. If I had the money. That looks sweet. I have the Nikon Prostaff on my mossy .308. Its the 3-9x40 with BDC. The BDC runs about 20bucks more than the ones with out it, if I remember right.
 

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Are you referring to Buckmaster?

I can actually get any of these then...
Prostaff 3-9x40 for $135.
Prostaff 4-12x40 for $147.(leaning towards this two)
Buckmaster 3-9x40 Buckmaster for $185. (leaning towards this two)
Monarch 2-8x32 for $258
Monarch 2.5-10x42 for 315.

where can you get the Prostaff 4-12x40 for that price ? I would like to return my Tasco 6-24x42 for that scope , did you find it local or on the web ,nikons are all I use and I felt like crap buying that Tasco and now I want to return it , thanks for any help
 

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To be honest if you're going to get a good rifle then paying 200 for a scope doesn't make a lot of sense. I've used all types and if I were in your shoes I'd save a little more for something like a Burris. I think I paid a little over $350 for my fullfield II.
 

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To be honest if you're going to get a good rifle then paying 200 for a scope doesn't make a lot of sense. I've used all types and if I were in your shoes I'd save a little more for something like a Burris. I think I paid a little over $350 for my fullfield II.
I know you get what you pay for but does it have to be close to $350? A lot of people sent me PM's and responded here and in other forums that told me Nikon ProStaff, Nikon Buckmaster, Bushnell Elite, Weaver V10 etc. are great. Most likely much better than I can shoot. All of these fit in my budget of under $200 for 2-9x40.

I did get a few recommendations for Sightron SII, and Nikon Monarch which are on $300+ price range and I am not ruling them out. Just want to spend my money wisely and get good value.

After break-in, I will be an occasional rifle shooter (maybe 3x a year) and won't be using these for a living. For range target practice, I will mostly use my pistol.

I would love to drive a Mercedez, Porche, or BMW but I am very happy with my Toyota Camry. It is comfortable, extremely reliable (in my case at least), and most importantly, one that I can afford. I go for good value and same thinking goes to most of my purchases (like the scope and rifle).

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have you looked at leupold's redfield revolution line? I just put one on my ar (3-9x50), clarity is decent, not a lot of funny stuff going on near the edges, does well in low light. made in the USA and backed by lifetime warranty like everything else leupold. I'd love to give you a glowing review but I've only had it about a week and only been out once with it.

I think retail is in the $200-$220 range (for 50mm, the 40 is a bit less), dealer cost is $150 so should be able to find it somewhere in between. they are a bit difficult to find right now as distributors tend to sell out of them quickly.
 

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I know you get what you pay for but does it have to be close to $350? A lot of people sent me PM's and responded here and in other forums that told me Nikon ProStaff, Nikon Buckmaster, Bushnell Elite, Weaver V10 etc. are great. Most likely much better than I can shoot. All of these fit in my budget of under $200 for 2-9x40.

I did get a few recommendations for Sightron SII, and Nikon Monarch which are on $300+ price range and I am not ruling them out. Just want to spend my money wisely and get good value.

After break-in, I will be an occasional rifle shooter (maybe 3x a year) and won't be using these for a living. For range target practice, I will mostly use my pistol.

I would love to drive a Mercedez, Porche, or BMW but I am very happy with my Toyota Camry. It is comfortable, extremely reliable (in my case at least), and most importantly, one that I can afford. I go for good value and same thinking goes to most of my purchases (like the scope and rifle).

Thank you.
I think the Nikon Monarch would be good for you. However now that the Burris Fullfield 2 has been out for a bit you can get one for a good price. I have one on my 30-06 and after well over 100 rounds hasn't lost it's zero.

Bushnells are on the lower end of the spectrum. I had one and gladly gave it away to a friend who wanted something for his .22.

I have a VX-3 on another rifle and as good as my Burris is it doesn't compare. the 2.5x8 will run you about $400.
 

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Nikons are definetly a good bang for your buck scope. I have a buckmaster and love it.


Also leupold is now making Redfield scopes now. They range from about 130-220 and are geard twards the deer hunter. There waterproof,fogproof and shockproof,and have a liftime warranty. Also they are made in the US in Leupolds Oregon plant. Im getting there 3-9x40 to put on my 223 New England.
 

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Not trying to be rude, but it sounds like a range snob is on this thread. The Nikons are well in the area of cash you want to spend. They have a lifetime warranty; they make their own glass, shock proof, fog proof, and water proof. The BDC is close to a mil dot if that’s what you like, its about $10 more than the ones with out the BDC, for most cal, you just zero it at about 200yrds, then each circle below is close to each 100yrds after. It’s a great scope and you will love it. Super clear, easy to adjust, great light, good eye relieve and great true VALUE. Not everything with value has to cost a ton of money. I am a lot like the OP, I don’t get to go shooting a lot, spend more time with my hand guns then my rifle. This scope (prostaff) works great on top of my 308.
 

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I agree, while Nikons aren't the best scopes, they are probably the best value. For a "high power" rifle, I'd probably skip the Prostaff and go with a Buckmaster. They are unbelievable, especially for the price. My brother has a Leupold VX I and my dad has a VX II, and my Buckmaster is much clearer than both. For the money, it's amazingly tough to beat and it gets my full endorsement. It also has OUTSTANDING eye relief.
 
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