I need to buy two scopes simultaneously, which is squeezing my pocket slightly, and could do with some advice. I have had a read through some old threads, so hopefully I am already moving in the right direction.
I need to kit out a .17 HMR and a 6.5x55 Swede. The former is predominantly for crows and occassionally rabbits (possibly on the lamp), the latter is a stalking rifle first and foremost and a foxing rifle as a secondary consideration (again, occassionally on the lamp). My stalking is predominantly lowland roe management stalks.
I have a budget of somewhere around £600 for both. That is a real max and ideally I would do it for less (wouldn't we all!).
My question is how best to squeeze the most out of my money? Do I spend £200-£300 on each scope, or do I buy something like a gameking for the .17HMR and spend the rest on a second hand, fixed mag European?
Finally, given my circumstances, what makes more sense- non-illuminated European glass, or illuminated Asian/American (Bushnell Elite "firefly", MTC Taipan, Nighteater etc)? Unfortunately illuminated European scopes seem to be way out of the question, even second hand.
Thanks guys, appreciate any help.