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New scope recomondations?

Looking at outfitting my savage axis xp (223) with new scope as well as a new stock. (Previously mentioned in another post) This gun is used for ground hogs and fox and coyote mainly a feild gun. With a good bit of night hunting mixed in. I have a 3x9x40 Weaver scope that came on the gun. Great scope to start out with but now I’ve had it a few years and want to upgrade. I like the idea of a 50mm scope with a touch more magnification. Does anyone use lighted reticle? Seems kinda cool, never had one not sure if it’s a good idea for the night hunts or not. Looking into vortex and Leupold. Any recomondations?
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ANYTHING VORTEX... Just got a Crossfire II for my 300 win mag, and they are clear as day... I have a diamondback on my 17 hornet and its awesome for night hunting, and combines well with my light. its a 3x9x40.
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I would recommend either Bushnell or Simmons in 3x9 power ,not sure about night hunting but my dad and I like them
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Will the 6x20 be to much for night time? Always used a 3x9 just wanted a little more zoom!!!!

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Glass quality and coatings trump both objective size and magnification. At night you are going to want the best glass you can afford. The next consideration is that you want the exit pupil (obj diameter/magnification) to be at least as large as your fully dilated pupil (4-7mm for most).

A 6-20x50 has an exit pupil of over 8 at when set on 6x. Here's the problem, though. Unless you have an unlimited budget, which few of us do, you are going to be sacrificing glass quality at every price point to get the extra magnification and objective size. For that reason, you are almost guaranteed to be better off with a 3-9x40(or 42 or 44) than something higher powered.

For example, a vortex viper 6.5-20x50 and a meopta meopro 3-9x40 are both going to cost close to $500. Your better low light performance will be in the Meopta. I would argue that the better overall performance would be the Meopta as well unless you are shooting small targets at long range in full daylight.
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As for an actual recommendation, what is the budget?
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Generally speaking the lower the magnification the better the picture in low light conditions. I would take a look at the new Vortex Strike Eagle rifle scopes in 3-18 and 4-24, they seem to have a lot of features and high Magnification ratio for a good price. This would give you your low end for night hunting while still giving you high zoom during the day.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/57...-reticle-matte

Also make sure you use the illumination on the low settings at night otherwise you will washout the picture.
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My budget is $500.

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My budget is $500.
I'm fairly confident that the Meopta Meopro is going to be the best glass you can get at that price point. CLNY has a 3-10x50 on sale now for $400, which is an excellent deal if you want a 50mm. The catch is that it is silver.

The other scopes I would suggest looking at would be VX3's, Vipers, Sightron SII Big Sky, and Bushnell Elite 4500's. To my eyes, these all compare very closely. The Meopta is a step up in quality. I haven't any experience with a Strike Eagle but suspect the glass isn't going to be of the same level as the Vipers. It's going to be tough to get illumination, higher magnification, and good low light glass at $500. You can basically have two but not all three.

If you have any intention of twisting turrets and can wait until April, I would strongly suggest going after an SWFA 3-9x42 HD during the tax day sale. The glass is better than all of the above, save the Meopta, and the tracking is much more reliable.
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