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Im going to be in the market for a scope for my Winchester 70 .308. I really want to keep the cost under $250. I would prefer the scope to be in the 4-12 x 40 range. Right now the three that I have in mind is a Bushnell Elite 3200, Nikon Prostaff, or a Redfield. Anyone have experienc with these? Right now I am leaning towards the Redfield.
 

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Nice choices, look thru each one and pick whatever seems clearest to you. I was set on a Redfield til I looked thru a Nikon. I also got a 3200 and am impressed with it too.
 

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They all make good scopes, I always suggest buying good glass. Your $400 - $600 is worthless if the scope on top does not work.

One brand I do not see listed is Leupold - I own more Leupolds than any other make. They are usually worth every penny they cost.

Redfield is made by Leupold, so I would lean that way also if you are set on the brands you list.
 

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you can't go wrong with a leupold or nikon. You will pay more for the leupold, but some people never buy any other brand. I prefer Nikon, but only because of the low price coupled with, in my opinion, comparable clarity/quality to the leupy.
 

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The first question to me would be what is that 308 going to be used for? Deer in the mountains? Long range target? Bean field shooting? etc. If it's simply a deer rifle and you're not shooting across Ag. fields then I'd go with a 2x7 Leupold or something similar. The scopes you mentioned are good but a 4x12 will be bulkier on top of the 70 and may be more then you need. Just a thought.

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Its going to be more or a bean field set up. I have a couple rifles set up for the mountains, so I want this one to be for longer ranges.
 

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Have had good luck with nikon buckmaster series scopes, which I know is a little more then you wanted to spend. Looks like they are going for 299 for the 4.5-14.
 

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I like the bushnell elites, I've got 3 of them in 3-9 40mm. The rainguard coating is really nice in the rain, snow or fog.
 

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4c_game_chaser said:
you can't go wrong with a leupold or nikon. You will pay more for the leupold, but some people never buy any other brand. I prefer Nikon, but only because of the low price coupled with, in my opinion, comparable clarity/quality to the leupy.
x2 I think the Nikon glass is on par with Leupold and at a better price.
 

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Save a little more and buy a Leupold. Even the VX-II is better than anything you have listed....IMO of course. I own seven VX-II and two VX-III and love them all. Never a single issue with any of them.
 

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elite 3200 is nice. i have a few of them as well as the nikon monarch UCC. you can't go wrong with either in that price range.
 

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I have a Nikon Buckmasters 3-9 and have no complaints. I think Nikon scopes are the best value you can buy. Lifetime warranty also.
 

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Leupold Vari X II 3 x 9. Better scope and not alot more money. I own all Leupolds with two exceptions,a Nikon and a Zeiss. Of your three choices I would pick the Redfield because it is made by Leupold.
 

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I am a die-hard Leupold fan...But the deal of the year is on the Bushnell 3200 scopes which have been on closeout.I got two for around $130 or so each, and wish I had bought more...Never been a fan of the junky Bushnell banners or Sportviews, but the 3200 is something else.
 
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