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This is a discussion on cost of scope vs cost of rifle within the Hunting Equipment, Gear & Optics forums, part of the HUNTING EQUIPMENT, FIREARMS & AMMUNITION category; ive always had trouble deciding on what price limit I should set for a particular rifle. for example if you ...

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    ive always had trouble deciding on what price limit I should set for a particular rifle. for example if you paid $1100 on a rifle wouldn't it seem a bit out of place to spend $1200 for an optic to put on it? or perhaps im looking at this all wrong and the two prices should be kept separate with nothing to do with each other.

    how do you decide how much to spend on a scope for any particular rifle?

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    A scope can always be removed and transferred to a different rifle. I have found good scopes in the $500 range, zeiss conquest, vortex, leupold, all dependent on your budget. Transferring a scope from rifle to rifle is not
    a big deal. QR rings can be a convenient timesaver. Talley, leupold are great. Of course, as the tried and true backup there is extra insurance on a rifle with iron sights if the scope "shoots craps".

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    Never get cheap on glass..but also I don't believe a $2k scope is twice as good as a $1k. When comparing rifles-then you certainly get more for a "doubling down",IMO.

    Leupold VX-3 is my personal "go to" line, although I recently acquired a Trijicon..very nice, but not Made in USA. For my shooting needs,I couldn't begin to justify going higher. I do not need to spend the cash to get the Swarovski logo either.

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    I buy Leupold or Nikon for the most part and they have never let me down. The most I ever paid was $560 for a scope. I always look for sales ahead of time.

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    my personal rule is 50% of rifle cost for scope, though I have a few scopes that are the same or more than the riffle cost, but that is usually on rimfires.

    My most expensive scope is my leuopold on my tikka T3, and that was about 60-70% of value.

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    I have a half dozen Simmons scopes on my rimfire and deer hunting guns and have never had a problem with them, but I would not take them "sheep hunting" or to Africa.

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    I have never related the two costs during the selection process. Besides the ultimate function of overall budget.
    Why would you?

    Most rifles can shoot better than the guy handling them. Get the best you can afford.

    With both rifles and scopes personal preference is going to enter into the mix.
    This reticle, that finish, this objective, that weight, this magnification, that size tube, etc.


    What is the job you want it to do?
    See in the dark or very low light
    Magnification
    Long range
    Short range
    Handle big recoil
    Carry it all day long up Mountains

    Some of these things relate to the rifle you are mounting it on, but not a direct correlation to the cost of the rifle.

    I now have scopes that cost me significantly more than the original cost of the rifle they are on. That was not the preset plan.

    Light gathering capacity in low light conditions without requiring a second mortgage, combined with mid range variable magnification are what I require for most of the hunting I do.

    Perhaps when I am ancient and blind I will be forced to buy that Starlight scope to see game at sunset.
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    I always recommend buying a good scope and then buy whatever rifle you can afford with the rest of your budget. If your scope wont hold a zero or does not transfer sufficient light you might as well have it mounted on a club or spear.

    I recommend Leupold, they are a great compromise - world class durability and excellent glass. The next step up gains you no durability and the clarity gained is generally only useful after hunting light has faded sufficiently that in most places it is too late to hunt anyway. (or you are ancient and blind)
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    I check for the Big Box stores and see if they are running any sales,,,I check E-bay, I'm fond of old Phoenix Redfields and a few ring marks don,t bother me I'm on the hunt right now for a 2x7,,I'd rather have a great second hand scope than an average New one ,I think Leupold Nikon and Vortex make a great scope for the money and haven't run into any problems with any of them,,and like a spotting scope,,stay away from the Cheap stuff or you'll be looking to replace it ,,,Christ i'ts snowing like Crazy here in Minnesota Again,,,Rob;
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob44 View Post
    I check for the Big Box stores and see if they are running any sales,,,I check E-bay, I'm fond of old Phoenix Redfields and a few ring marks don,t bother me I'm on the hunt right now for a 2x7,,I'd rather have a great second hand scope than an average New one ,I think Leupold Nikon and Vortex make a great scope for the money and haven't run into any problems with any of them,,and like a spotting scope,,stay away from the Cheap stuff or you'll be looking to replace it ,,,Christ i'ts snowing like Crazy here in Minnesota Again,,,Rob;
    I actually hadn't thought about that, funny cause that's the advise I always give about saddles, buy quality whether new or used. Leupold and some others have great lifetime warrantees, no receipt or registration necessary and will go through a scope for the price of postage 1 way. Hard to go wrong there.
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