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Old June 9th, 2010, 09:07 AM #1
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Best rifle scope under $40

Looking for a cheap but decent rifle scope for under $40. I deer hunt out to 100 yards so I dont need super power. I usually shoot on 5X on my other rifle. I do hunt early mornings and dusk, so the larger the objective lens the better. Anyone have any online links? Sportsman's Guide has this on sale.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c...983&ecid=EX23D
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Walmart has been selling a cheap brand called "Centerpoint" in blister packs, I have heard a couple of o.k. comments about them.

In that price class, though, I wouldn't expect the greatest optics.
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Could be OK but sometimes you only get what you pay for.
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Several places are selling Federal Intensity scopes at clearance right now for about a half of what they were going for. I have one on an AR and it is a terrific scope.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=533765
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I cant see why you wouldn't spend $100 on a hunting scope, you get what you pay for for sure with optics. And $40 will get you a junk glass. $100 gets you better junk glass. $150 + starts to get you into the better stuff
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I think you are better off using a firearm with iron sights and sticking to shooting hours that allow you to clearly see your target and sticking to a range that you are comfortable at. Put your $40 into ammunition and practice shooting at typical field positions.

In my opinion, putting a $40 optic, that is unlikely to hold a zero, on your firearm is irresponsible.
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Well... the gun was only $150 from a family member. and to be honest. I have only shot crappy scopes in my life, and have never had a problem at 100 yards. I dont feel like I need a $100+ scope to put it where I need it on a deer. +/- 1" is plenty good at 100 yd. So I dont see a reason to spend more. I do not need/want to shoot quarters at 300+ yds. And not hunting sunrise and dusk is not an option. That is the prime time for whitetail
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Walmart has been selling a cheap brand called "Centerpoint" in blister packs, I have heard a couple of o.k. comments about them.

In that price class, though, I wouldn't expect the greatest optics.
Centerpoint scopes are designed for air rifles. I have one on a Gamo Whisper, in 3-9x40, and it suits that purpose very nicely. I havn't heard of anyone mounting them on actual firearms.
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My recommendation is to spend at least $200 for a scope that will go on a deer rifle. Cheap scopes do not deal well with shock and vibration. Forget about the glass breaking; That probably will not happen. What will happen is much more annoying; the retical will break and you will not even know it until you fire a few dozen shots off a bench and realize that the groups shouldn't be 3 feet apart at 100 yards. Ask me how I know. If you can't afford a decent scope you should stick with iron sights. My 2 cents.
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Centerpoint scopes are designed for air rifles. I have one on a Gamo Whisper, in 3-9x40, and it suits that purpose very nicely. I havn't heard of anyone mounting them on actual firearms.
Yep, they are sold for rifles and shotguns also. I have a couple the $69 packs, not bad for an out of the box solution. The really cool feature is that they're illuminated.
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