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Thread: Best scope for under $200?

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    Best scope for under $200?

    I need a decent scope for my Remington 700. Nothing extreme, just something with a decent amount of magnification (I don't have the best eyes, so 12-16x would be very nice) for hunting and a little target shooting. 99% of my shooting will be within 150 yards, though I would like the ability to accurately shoot out to 400 yards if I wanted to. My budget is $200.

    I found one I like the looks of. A Vortex Diamondback 4-12X40 AO with a dead hold BDC reticle for $180. I have heard that this scope has amazingly clear glass for the price, and is a great deal. I own a few Vortex products, so I know that they make a great product. Their warranty is top notch as well. Is there any better scope than this for under $200, or is this the best for the price?

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    I think that scope would be a very good choice on a budget. I buy Vortex for my rifles. Outstanding warranty. Gp

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    leopold vx-1, it will go from $140-$199, depends on who sells it.
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    Cabelas has the 3-12 Vortex Diamondback HP on sale for $189. The HP optics are noticeably sharper and it also has a side parallax adjustment.

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    Really like the Redfield Revolution, made by Leupold but typically a bit less than a VX1.

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    check out Hawk optics. Lifetime guarantee and good prices. http://us.hawkeoptics.com/vantage-riflescopes.html

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    I've got 3 Vortex and would buy another when the need arises. So many good choices out there.

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    I recently purchased a couple of Vortex Crossfire II scopes that are excellent for my use. The one I bought was slightly more than $200 but would otherwise fit your requirements.
    Glass was clear and the adjustments worked as they should. The Dead Hold BDC worked like it was supposed to as well.
    Mine was a 6-18X.

    I paid $220 for mine.
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    Vortex Crossfire II
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    On this scope
    Around $250 but worth the step up
    The Leopold vx-1 is another direction I would go in this price range
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    Another vote for the Redfield revolution, for the price they just can't be beat! My wife got me one for Christmas from Walmart.com for $165, it a 3x9x 40, and I absolutely love it on my 760 Rem.

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    Thank you fellas for all the suggestions! I looked into all of them, and I have a few that I'm really interested in. I'm stuck between the Redfield Revolution/Leopold VX-1, or the Vortex Diamondback. I like the looks of the Diamondback HD, but I doubt I'll be able to get the money together before the sale ends. If another pops up, I'd probably go for that one. I'll keep looking while I save up some money.
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    if my experience means anything the redfield revolution and the vx1 are not the same scope. they may share lenses but that's about it. Mechanicaly the leupold is hands down better. I owned two redfields a 2x7 and a 4x12 and neither would track right and neither would hold zero. Sent them back for repair and they still had the problem. Sold them dirt cheap and wouldn't have another one on one of my rifles if it were free. If I had 200 bucks to spend my first choice would be a vx1 followed closely by a vortex diamondback or the newest Nikon pro staff. Anyone of those three have decent optics, good low light performance and are good reliable scopes. The leupold and vortex have the advantage of having lifetime no questions asked warrantees.
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    Another vote for Leupold vx-1.

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    I'll have to do some more research into the Leupold VX-1 and the Vortex Diamondback. 4-12x40 is the magnification I want, so there is a $100 difference between the two scopes. The Vortex is the cheaper scope, and I like it's BDC reticle over the Leupold's Duplex reticle. I could easily live with the Duplex though.
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    Cabelas just sent a flyer out with the 4 -12 x 50 Vortex Crossfire I I for $119.99
    Better check it out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hc18flyer View Post
    Cabelas just sent a flyer out with the 4 -12 x 50 Vortex Crossfire I I for $119.99
    Better check it out!
    I may pick up one of those for the Remington 760 I'm wanting. At a $120, that's a heck of a deal! Thanks for the heads up.
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    am44mag,

    WHICH 760 do you really want??
    (I just have an even half-dozen currently.)

    yours, tex

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    Quote Originally Posted by texasnative46 View Post
    am44mag,

    WHICH 760 do you really want??
    (I just have an even half-dozen currently.)

    yours, tex
    I'm wanting one chambered in 300 Savage. I usually hunt either in thick woods or on the edge of a small clearing. I figure that rifle with that round would be just perfect for that.
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