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Thread: advice needed on budget scope

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    advice needed on budget scope

    Hi all,

    I have just got back from taking my mate to get his new T3 light in 6.5x55 (what else), and now he needs a scope for it.
    it came with a set of 1" optilocks so 1" tube is needed.
    I suppose his budget is around 100 and he's been looking at SIMMONS scopes on ebay but i said i'd ask your opinions as i don't know much about stuff in this price range.
    So what do you think? Bushnell/simmons/Low end Leopold
    if it was me i'd be looking for a second hand VX2 or similar but he would prefer new os opinions please,

    Ezzy

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    I use a (can't think of the make, and it's locked in the cabinet in the loft, that's how nondescript it is!) cheap 4-16 x 50 AO. It cost 85 2nd hand. At some point I'll get something better but works for now because a) It hits what I shoot at, and b) at has already had some serious abuse, including a complete immersion in mud, and survived without me having a heart attack.

    When I get to the point where I want to start pushing my effective range I might upgrade, but as a cheap workaday scope it's fine while I learn my rifle.

  3. #3
    Have a look here good choice of 2nd hand optics.

    http://www.rmacleod.co.uk/shoptics.htm


    Excellent company to deal with and ask for Gregor and remember and tell him you were pointed in his direction by the stalking directory.

    All the best

    Ben

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    For plain stalking use, at that budget, I would go for a s/h Meopta Artemis 7x50 every time. I had one on my 6.5x55, and another three Meoptas at one point. The 7x50 was excellent for lamping and woodland stalking.

    If he wants a cheap variable, I have a Burris Fullfield II 3-9x50 on offer for 110 (VGC, 1" tube).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick
    For plain stalking use, at that budget, I would go for a s/h Meopta Artemis 7x50 every time. I had one on my 6.5x55, and another three Meoptas at one point. The 7x50 was excellent for lamping and woodland stalking.
    i agree with Baldrick
    decent 2nd hand meopta, i hav a 7x50 ill i bought off ebay earlier this year on my 30-06 , fantastic bargain
    stone

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    scope

    I would stay away from second hand optics unless there is a transferable guarantee, you just don't know the abuse it has had. Simmons are very popular in USA with centrefire users, if your mate can afford a little more Weaver optics are very good.
    Mack

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    Davie
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    I have a leupold 3 - 9 x 50 European for 150 all paperwork . But if it were me i would only put the best on all the **** ones will let you down at the most inopportune moment.

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    Baldrick has it perfectly.

    Look around for a Meopta 7x50 secondhand.

    If he needs to go now, the Burris is the best bet.

    An extra 50 would help a lot, particularly for the Meopta.

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    CHEAPER SCOPES

    I have a bushnell trophy 3-9 x 40 and a banner 3-9 x 50 both are fine. they can be found on american ebay pretty cheaply

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    If cash is tight but you mate wants new (ish), have a look at what Edgar Brothers have to offer - very workmanlike & up to the job. Also - if they still make them - the Nikko Stirling Platinum range.

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