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I'm looking to purchase a new 3x9 scope for my deer/bear rifle (Remington 780 30-06). I'm only looking to spend about $200 to $250. Any suggestions?
 

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In that price range I wouldn't hesitate to get a Bushnell Elite 3200. You can find them under $200 online if you look.
 

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i love the redfield on dads old 30-30. its basically my boys now. handed to me now to him. have to git rid of the "hillbilly' mounts. might reuse them on his savage 24V as a rifle scope and sight the 20 ga with irons and the 222 rem mag as the scope. i love that old redfield wideview
 

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nikon pro staff great scope and you can get them for about 160 bucks.
 

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Everyone has there own opinion. Here is mine. If you are on a budget I would buy the best glass I could afford for what I have to spend. For example I would much rather have a quality fixed 4X or 6X scope instead of a lesser grade 3X9.

If I were you I would look for a higher grade used fixed power scope. A fixed power scope is considerably more durable than a variable power scope. And you could buy a decent used Leupold 4X or 6X for the price you want to spend. That is what I would look for.

I saw a used extra clean 4X Zeiss a couple of weeks ago for $275. There are some great deals on optics out there right now. Shop around and you will find a good quality optic, and will not have to settle for Phillipine optics. Tom.
 

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RedField is not a company per se. RedField is a trade name. And definitley not long standing. In and out of business several times. Try to get an older one fixed and you will see what I mean. They have no warranty. And as far as the new ones are concerned "Leupold and Stevens Inc."(who is the official owner-not the "Leupold" division of that company. They can sell off the trade name or strictly just drop it if they please. And have no liability to the warranty. Just as others have done in the past.

I am not trying to say that the corporation would do that. I am only saying they could. And "Leupold and Stevens Inc." has done it before. So there is a small track record there.

From what I understand the new RedField scope is a decent scope for the money. No doubt about that. But I would not put much faith in a lifetime warranty in a scope that is a trade named product. Just an opinion-but I worked for a few trade name companies before. One of those companies was Charles Daly. And we offered a ton of lifetime warranties that are worthless to the owner today. Tom.
 

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Search the net, plenty of ANIB/LNIB/hardly used Leupolds out there for that price.
 

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Forgot to say that I already have an Leupold fixed 4 power scope on the gun. I hunt southern Potter County. 10 or 15 years ago that scope was fine as I was seeing all kinds of deer. Now, I'm lucky if I catch a glimpse of one a day in the distance. Hence the need for more power.
 

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Weaver Classic V will run you in the $150-200 range. I have several of them and recommend them any chance I get. Quality optics for sure.
 

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Leupold Var-X I or II

I hunt deer and bear with mostly 2-7x32 Var-X I and II's
Also own some of their 3-9x40. Never once have I looked through the Leupolds and thought, boy I wish I spent less money on this scope.
 

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Snag yourself a used Leupold....stay away from riflemans and vx Is...go vx ii or vari x ii or iii....

That's what I would do...lots of scopes in that price range...new and used....but I've come to trust and love my leupolds...my oldest has been used 10 seasons...and was bought USED...I forget the year it was made...its been around the. Block a few times....and not a lick of trouble...and Leupold has a true lifetime warranty and great reputation....

Glass is one place not to be cheap....that's a tough lesson to learn....2 wounded deer and 1 missed in a season when your 13.....I honestly quit hunting...till I found out the junk scope was the issue...I cut lawns all summer and spent I think a bit over 200$ and bought a used vari x ii 3-9x40...I now own another vxii and a vx iii with a 3rd III in the near future...3 right now and a 4th coming soon....
 

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I have a 1986 1.5 X 5 Redfield on my Winchester Model 70 7X57 mauser. A great scope, clear, well built,light weight,fog proof. wide viewing angle.
 

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I am not a believer in the fact that you ust spend $500 to get a good scope, mainly because I do not have that kind of money, but I do buy Leupold scopes for any gun that I am serious about hunting with, because I have confidence in them...Nothing worse than sitting on stand looking at your rig and having second thoughts.
 

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Lots of suggestion. IMO best medium price glass is Bushnell Trophy. 3-9xx40mm is about $139 (list about $250). I think Cabelas have them on sale the rest of this month. Great company quality glass at a reasonable price.
Just one more opinion.
 
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