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    Buy 2nd hand or new 1500 set up?

    Having recently got a variation for a .243 I'm now into market for a new set up. I set off looking for a 2nd hand rifle/scope for approx 600-800 but there's not much in my local dealers.


    A number of the dealers have suggested the same package: howa 1500, nikko sterling diamond scope, moderator, bipod and 5 shot magazine. All new for 899.


    Look's like a great deal but not sure if I should hang out for a better 2nd deal.


    Ant thoughts?

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    Pays your money, takes your chance either way.

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    i would wait and keep looking, for a better deal. there's some good deals out there.

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    I'd buy a second hand howa and spend the saved money on good glass

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    Shame it's not .308... I've got a brand new one for 550!

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    Whilst I'd like to spend more on the scope I don't want to get carried away. Not sure how use it's going to get. I'd be happy to upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmer_mike View Post
    I'd buy a second hand howa and spend the saved money on good glass
    +1
    Buy a good second hand rifle ( Howa-Rem700-Tikka ) and try to find a good second hand 6x42 or 8x56 by Zeiss, Swarovski or S&B. This will be slightly more expensive than the 899 package but A LOT better. Buying cheap optics is identical to throwing money in the bin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hales Smut View Post
    +1
    Buy a good second hand rifle ( Howa-Rem700-Tikka ) and try to find a good second hand 6x42 or 8x56 by Zeiss, Swarovski or S&B. This will be slightly more expensive than the 899 package but A LOT better. Buying cheap optics is identical to throwing money in the bin.
    Is the situation really that bad when it comes to cheaper optics, especially someone starting out and likely to be shoot at distance no more than 100-150m?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob3104 View Post
    Is the situation really that bad when it comes to cheaper optics, especially someone starting out and likely to be shoot at distance no more than 100-150m?
    No...... Doesn't hurt to get the best you can afford but no sense in breaking the bank.... If you're not in a hurry, check out egun... Got my mauser 30.06 with a german (off brand) 6x42 for 135 euro.. There are several .243's on there now for around 500 euro ready for a scope. Get on optics planet (they'll ship to you) and pick up a 3-9x40 (or 1.5-6x42) nikon for <$200 and have fun. If you'd go for 30.06, they throw them at you on egun....

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    Very bad. If you only plan to shoot at short to medium range a 6x42 will be OK. I noticed that you can get, in the UK, a decent secondhand 6x42 for about 200-250. That will allow you to shoot in bad light a lot better and longer than the best "cheap" scope you can buy. Even if this cheap scope has a 56mm objective.
    I say yhis out of personal experience. About 15 years back I bought Pentax binoculars for about 250. They stay at home because they are only half as good as the Kahles 6x42 scope wich I have. I still regret having spent money on this bino's.

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