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post #1 of 90 (permalink) Old 01-08-2020, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of upgrading the scope on my deer rifle. It's a Savage .270 and still has the factory 3-9x40 Simmons scope on it. It's has done well over the last 12 years or so, but I want a scope that can handle the climates better on crappy weather days (like not fogging up). I hunt various areas. Some stands I hunt shots are 20-30 yards, but I also hunt field edges a good bit. I limited myself to 200 yard shots as that's about the limit of my comfort zone. What power scopes are you guys using?

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post #2 of 90 (permalink) Old 01-08-2020, 02:35 PM
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Most name brands are good. You get what you pay for.. 4-14 works for me, helps when counting antler points and when varmint hunting. I would look for one with a little bigger objective 42 or 44mm.. helps with low light times, and a bigger field of view helps pick up moving critters easier.
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I like a 50 mm scope. Good field of view and a little better in low light conditions. I have Ziess 3x9x50
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Leupold VX Freedom 3x9. Nice rifle scope and about $200.
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Leupold !
A used one is the same as a new one only cheaper.
Agreed.

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Fogging in a scope is unacceptable and I'd consider it a defect. Simmons has a lifetime warranty and I'd get their opinion on fixing it. Simmons might replace it with new and if you wanted to go with a different brand you could sell the Simmons as new.

For power on big game in the 200yd range, 2.5-8, 3-9, 3.5-10, would all be equivalent. I generally try to match the scope quality to the gun quality, if its a $500 gun put a $300-500 scope on it, $1000 gun put a $800-1000 scope on it. Most of the deer I've taken in the last 10 or so years have been from my blind and I've yet to take one out of it under 200yds. The gun I've used most is a Sako 243 with a Leu 3.5-10. Last year pic is below at 335 yds and nowhere near the limit of the scope capability. A bunch of years ago before I put the blind in I was making the reverse shot of this pic. Walking out exactly where the deer is laying I saw a very nice 8pt to the right of where the blind is now, because I was walking I had the scope down on 4x and in my haste never cranked it up, didn't even realize I was on the low end until after the shot. That ranged at 347yds.
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Most newer scopes, even the cheap ones, are waterproof and internal fog proof....at least until they're not. Which is where a quality scope pays off...a lot less likely to ever leak. Cheap ones may only remain water/fog proof for a limited number of years, although they've gotten much better.

I'm partial to Leupold VX series. I like a 40-44mm objective and never really needed more than a 3 x 9. On a compact gun I like 2 x7 (33mm objective). 50 mm objectives are just too big for my liking.
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Leupold !
A used one is the same as a new one only cheaper.
Yes sir....and never a problem selling a used one either. They hold their value better than just about any scope out there.
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my favorite foul weather rifle and scope is a rem LH 700 in 7mm08 with a 2.5-8x leupold scope. combo has been together for years and used in some very heavy rain-snow conditions with out fail. the longest shots at game were at two prong horn,s, one at 280 yards and one at 310 yards resulting in two dead prong horn,s.
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