Guys just bought a 257 weatherby mag stainless steel vangaurd 2 and wondering if you could suggest a good scope. I'll mostly be hunting deer here in pa but also some groundhogs and maybe a coyote. Any help greatly appreciated.
You have a fine rifle my congrats to you. Now dont put a $5.00 scope on it. I like Lupy, zeiss, and nightforce. A 4.5 x 14 is a nice scope works well for close woods and enough power for the Pa. fields.
Thanks guys i was leaning toward the 4-14 myself just dont know what kind. I like nikon and i think ziess is out of my price. What do you guys like and do you like adjustable objective or not for deer hunting im just used to the old redfield 3-9.
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Right now I tend to go Nikon or Burris. I have several Leupold's and they have been terrific scopes and I never really regretted buying one but I have bought my last unless I find that they made a change. My issue with Leupold is that as I have gotten older and my eyes weaker, I find that I have to adjust focus on my scopes. Well - I sure was surprised one day to find that my Leupolds will only focus and sharpen the reticle but not actually focus the scope to your eyes. My Nikons will focus to my eyes and heck - I even had a $50 Simmons that would focus to my eyesight so that alone turned my off from Leupold. May not be an issue to some but has been a deal breaker to me. That being said in reasonably priced optics (if there is such a thing) you can't go wrong with Nikon, Burris, Leupold as the top 3 in my mind.
The 4.5-14 range is ideal for this gun and your application. We have several Nikons and Leupolds in stock I'll cut you a deal on if you are interested. Shoot me a PM and I'll do my best to get you a great deal.
I vote for the 4.5x14 Leupold, Not to sound like a smart a$$ but are you sure you are adjusting the focus properly? The odjustable abjective is for Parallax, to adjust the scopes focus to your eye loosen the locking ring on the eye piece, I like to screw the eye peice either in all the way or out all the way, then look at your crosshairs. The best way to do this is look at the sky through the scope, if the cross hairs are blurry adjust a half turn and look again, eventually you'll find the sweet spot. Once this is done put it to paper and adjust your parallax and you should be good to go. If you cannot get things into focus after that send the scope to Leupold and they will repair it. The problem you ae having is not your eyesight. I can assure you the glass on a simmons scope is not nearly as good as the glass on a Vari-X III.
I have nothing against Leupold scopes. They make a great product. I would recommend the Nikon or the Burris simply because I believe you are getting just as good of a scope for a much more reasonable price. Most of my guns have Burris scopes on them and I have never had an issue. A friend of mine is a firm believer in the Nikon line. We have compared the two while hunting and find little difference between the Nikon and the Burris. I would be 100 percent confident with either.
I think you can see on here the 4.5x14 is a great scope. Someone mentioned the 3.5x10 lupy but it and the 4.5x14 has the same body meaning weight and lenghth is the same so your better off with the benefit of having the higher power if need be. Optics are very important i would place them as top on the list along with quality mounts and rings that is over looked alot.
Check out CameraLand (www.cameralandny.com). Minox scopes (3-15 would be my suggestion for this) are reasonably priced, among others he has on sale. Minox is also a strong competitor to the Zeiss Conquest. I have a 3-9 Minox and a 3-9 Zeiss Conquest, and I am hard pressed to give the optical advantage to either. The Minox dials are MUCH more user-friendly, however. Minox list here:
i have a nikon monarch 4-16x50 on my 25-06. got it at the PA sportsmans show for about $360. they were on sale. i think they run around $480 noramlly. great scope. i have no problems with it, using it for deer and groundhogs.