Whats you favorite scope?

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Cwlongshot, Jul 11, 2019.

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Favorite scope manufacturer!

  1. Weaver

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  2. Redfield

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  3. Leupold

    63.9%
  4. Nikon

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  5. Simmons

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  6. Tasco

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  7. A European premium brand

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  8. Bushnell

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  9. Sheppard

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  10. Hawke

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  1. Cwlongshot

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    Rifle or pistol.

    Variable or fixed.

    30mm or 1”

    But of corse what manufacturer.


    Mine has to be Leupold and of there line the Rifle VXII 2x7x33 matte is my favorite.

    CW
     
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    Leopold works for me. If it doesn’t I send it in and they fix it for free.

    As for the specs typically a rifle scope
    30mm tube.
    40-50 mm end. 40mm works well and doesn’t seem too big on most guns. 50 seems to gather a bit more light but looks a lot bigger and starts getting a bit tall for a proper cheek weld. So I have 50’s on my target guns with adjustable butt stocks.

    3-9 or 3.5-10.
    Most of my scopes are VariX-III.
     
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    You should add Nightforce and Vortex
     
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    I voted for Leupold, as I have more of them. That said, I do have Nightforce and Vortex in inventory, and they both work well. (Esp Nightforce.)

    Regarding sizes etc - very much depends on the rifle and application. (I currently have no scoped pistols).

    30mm and high magnification variables for those guns that can use it. Lower power and smaller scopes for guns used in areas that benefit for fast target acquisition. My favorite is a fixed power 6x42 on a lightweight 308. Its super bright and provides no nonsense magnification for a medium range gun.
     
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    I have a J. Unertl scope that that one day will find itself on a Springfield bolt rifle, external mounts and all, it’s one heck of a scope. I have a few Nikons that for the money are hard to beat, but Leupold I'd have to say is my current favorite.
     
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    Vortex has been my favorite so far. Their Diamondback line in 2-7x35 is the brightest most clear scope that Ive looked through. maybe I just got lucky with a chance and wound up with exceptional optics in this tube, but they discontinued that scope. Its optically better than the more expensive scopes that I own, but the low magnification may be the reason for that.
     
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    I vote with my dollars for leupold vx3i 1.5x5, discontinued 1.75x6, or 2.5x8. I am strictly a hunter and dislike long shots.
     
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    My favorite is my Schmidt Bender PMII 5x25.
    It is overkill for anything but very long range shooting, but the glass and repeatable adjustments are phenomenal.
     
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    Agreed! I wanted to, maybe should have removed Tasco/Simmons. But that’s max number of choices allowed. But wanted some cheaper options to choose from.
     
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    My sentiments exactly! I also have a couple of the Vortex 2-7x35 scopes. They are o.k. but the Leupold is in a whole different class for clarity.
     
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    Yup, my vote would be nightforce hands down.
    Vortex or a newer company, Tract, would be 2nd.
     
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    Leupold FXII 4x33. Fixed power. 1" tube.
     
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    My favorite individual scope is Weaver's V16. Best rimfire scope I have ever used, I have them on all my .22s.

    I am kind of lukewarm on Vortex. I had a Viper PST 6-24x for a while and never liked it very much.
     
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    Depends on application.

    I like Leopold, Nikon, Burris, Bushnell in that order, and there are other scopes I'd use if I didn't currently have the money until I could afford what I want later.
    Probably weaver and millett specifically older scopes, possibly Leatherwood?

    Thirty years ago there were other brands I'd have used too like Simmons and a few Tasco models on certain setups, but not so much anymore unless they were old.

    Aimpoint, Trijicon, depending.
     
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    It's been a while since I've been optics shopping (thankfully!).
    I found that for my budget and hunting conditions the now discontinued Bushnell Elite 4200's struck a good balance between features and price.
    (Don't tell anyone, but I'm even rocking an Elite 3200 5-15x40 on my pellet gun. Makes me look like I know what I'm doing when I set up the wind flags, lol.)
     
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    I "vote" for Vortex. Best combination of quality, warranty and price point.
     
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    I'd love to say my favorite rifle scope is something like a Schmidt & Bender or even a Nightforce, but I've never spent that kind of money on a scope. My favorite (that I actually own) is a Bushnell Elite Tactical LRTSi 4.5-18x44, especially for the crazy sub-$1K deal I found it for.

    My only Vortex rifle scope is their Strike Eagle, which I'm not wild about. I do think highly of Vortex's 20-60x80 angled Diamondhead spotting scope, however. I'd like to upgrade the Strike Eagle to a Primary Arms 1-8x LPVO model.
     
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    Leupold , any of the variables, I have owned them since they did not have centered reticles and they are much better now.

    About 60 years of use all over the country and never had a problem with one.

    Second choice
    would be Burris

    Larry
     
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    I used to like. Burris allot. American Company good warranty excellent product.

    Then one day a customer needed a warranty. Well they didnt allow it. i do. Ot remember the particulars only that we saw no reason to not warranty claim.

    Then I had a problem. The scope was bought new almost a year but I had mounted it in a few rifles looking for a proper home. A reticule broke and they would not warranty the repair because of “rough use”

    Ill never again buy a new Burris product.

    CW
     
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    Fecker's, Lyman Super and Junior Targetspots and 438's and 5A's and Alaskan's, Unertl's, Winchester A5's, Cataract's, Steven's, Parson's Long Scope and Small Game Scope, Weaver K1's, Beeman SS2, some Leupold's… it depends upon the particular gun and the intended application.
     
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    You should also add SWFA scopes. For the money they are the best precision scopes on the market.
     
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    Before the rise of all the quality scopes that are available now I owned two Unertls a 24 power 2 in target on a heavy varmit .244 and a 16 power ultra varmit on a then wildcat 22-250 and I truly believe they were the best scopes out there at that time or at least the finest glass anywhere, those two today are worth a lot of bucks but mine are long gone.
    I don't think anyone mounts long scopes on barrels anymore either but they were the bomb.

    I could see my heartbeat in the 24 power when holding the rifle against my shoulder and really laid waste to the ground hog and crow population in the Ozarks.

    Larry
     
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    My favorite is a Leupold VX2 1-4x. It sits on a Valmet 412 12ga/.30-06 combo.

    But I have an ancient all-steel Weaver wide-field 1.5-4.5x that I like a good bit, too. It sits on a really ratty (it was awful when I got it) Baikal IZH94 12ga/.308 that bounces around in the truck certain parts of the year.
     
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    I like those Leupy 1-4’s too! :p:rolleyes::9:

    I have one each on a 222/20 and a 357/20 Savage 24’s! Then two more on my H&R ULTRA SLUG guns. One 12 & one 20!! Those two are “shotgun” scopes. Slightly heavier reticule and parallax set to 75 yards.

    CW
     
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    yeah. that......LRHS/LRTS

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    This says a lot to me. Thank you.
     
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    Vortex gets my vote. Diamondback or Viper.
     
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    My favorites are the Old Style " Stevens / Lymans / & Unertls Scopes " :3:

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    If I had to pick one from my small collections .. It would be the below " Lyman 438 " (4X), with Target Micrometer click mounts.

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    Reticules: Twisted wire post & circle, which were listed as " Aperture "..A Very Rare Option. :4:
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    Collecting old scopes can be very addictive & currently very expensive $$$$ :11: :11:
     
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    I'm hooked on BSA scopes. Never had a bad one. Easy on the wallet, too.
     
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    Vortex
     
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    I look for combination of light weight, quality and price and the a long time the Weaver Classics filled that perfectly but Leupold and some bushnells have found their way onto my rifles.

    Ballistic reticles are nice and my lastest Weaver has that. I tried a few mil-dot reticles but have since given up on figuring out the distance and use a range finder instead. Rangefinder and ballistic reticle are a beautiful thing!
     
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    Forgot to mention.
    I had good luck with Vortex, and their warranty is top notch.
    For only a little bit more money though, you can get an American made scope from Leupold, with a warranty just as good if not better. To me, that choice was easy.
     
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    Wood chopper beat me to the punch....the Luepold Vari-X III series were and remain my go to optics.
     
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    Yeah. Both have good warranties. AND, you'll need them.....
     
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    S&B has a higher fail rate than Leupold. Most scopes that are returned on higher end makers there are nothing wrong with them. Usually operator error.

    A friend of mine is a very talented gunsmith. He built a tactical style rifle for a guy. The guy calls him up and proceeds to give him a riot act about his rifle not shooting better than 3". I know better as I went with him to test fire it. He fired 5 rounds and it shot a 0.20" group. Dave(not real name) tells him to bring the rifle back exactly as he shot it. It ended up having a S&B scope that was the same as the Marines used. What he said. Well even though the scope was almost $4K it was junk. Dave put on the same Vortex scope he used to test fire the gun and it shot another 0.22" group this time. The guy did not know what to say.

    Just because it is $$$$$ does not mean it is any different than lower priced optics. They all can and will go bad.

    I like Leupold and Vortex and Primary Arms
     
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    Ain't that the truth.
    The only two scopes I've seen fail in the field were a cheap bushnell, and a Swarovski.
     
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    Leupold for me. I’m glad Vortex and other companies have forced them to evolve their offerings. If I had to narrow it down to one scope in my possession it would be the vx6 2-12 that I’ve got on my .222.
     
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    Seriously? Never had a single problem out of Leopold. Actually I don't know anyone personally that ever had a problem with one come to think of it. Never owned a Vortex.
     
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    ...depends on the application....and the rifle it is going on...

    Favorite all around hunting scope: Leupold VX-3 2.5-8 with the B&C reticle.

    Scope for an AR: Shepherd Rugged 1-8

    .22 Bolt gun: Shepherd 2.5-10 or a Leupold VX3 4.5-14 1" tube with the VH reticle.

    Long range hunting/target: Shepherd 3.5-10 or 6-18 depending on what rifle it's going on.

    Short range guns hunting rifles, .22 semi-autos, lever guns, combination guns, slug guns: Leupold VX-3 1.5-5.

    Have owned a lot of scopes over the years but I'm slowly paring down to just Leupold and Shepherd...

    Bob
     
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    Same.
    Between my old man and I we have 6 Leupolds. 4 of which are 50+ years old and going strong.
     
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    Leupold is my #1. I like Vortex as well.
     
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    I've been running Leupold scopes for 40+ years. One single warranty issue (25-ish years ago) that was handled very quickly.

    From tactical scopes to lightweight hunting scopes, I just don't see myself using anything else.
     
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