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Old April 11th, 2017, 10:00 PM #1
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Long range scopes that won't break the bank

So the title says it all. I'm looking for a long range scope that doesn't break the bank. I picked up a savage model 10 in 308 for under $500 and after shooting about a hundred rounds through it the rifle is very capable, and it deserves a decent scope. I got bored shooting my 4" steel plate at 100y and was able to shoot the bolts out on the first shot. Right now I have a $60 Walmart special 4-16x Center Point scope and I feel I could use more magnification. Features I'm looking for are illuminated reticle, more zoom maybe up 24x, exposed turrets, and most importantly sharp glass.

I've looked through the Vortex Viper PST and they're wonderful but a little more than I really want to spend.
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Old April 11th, 2017, 11:11 PM #2
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SWFA? Or even the sample list

Would really help to know what you plan to spent and how far you want to shoot. 16x is a lot for 100 yards.

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IMHO 4-16x is plenty of maginification for a .308.

Quality over quantity, especially the higher the magnification.

I would probably do a fixed 10x with High Density glass.... but since you would like some more magnification this isn't bad glass for the price:

https://swfa.com/swfa-ss-3-15x42-tac....html?___SID=U
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I'll say it :

You don't need more magnification, you could even get by with less.

You DO need higher quality - Better glass, better coatings, more precise and repeatable adjustments.
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You can find the vortex vipers, not the pst but, hs and regular on sale for under 300. I like the idea of swfa 10x. Get good glass in your budget or you will be back asking about them again. Lol
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As mentioned, the SWFA 10x. I have run one for over 5 years on .308 and .223 and it's a good scope for the money. I have engaged targets out to 1260yds with it, so it's capable.
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Old April 12th, 2017, 07:11 AM #7
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i'd add another vote for the SWFA. I have the 12x on my Savage 10T in .308. Absolutely love it. VERY clear glass, sharp reticle and great adjustments on the turrets. sadly i haven't had the chance to take it past 100yds due to factors outside of my control but it is a great scope for the money and have no doubt it will serve me well out to longer ranges.

check out SWFA and their site Sample List. there are a ton of good deals on there.
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just realized my poor reading comprehension. the fixed power SWFA don't have the illuminated reticle you are looking for. the fixed power have the turrets and the better glass.
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OK here is my opinion. You should outline what kind of shooting you are planning on doing. Are we talking of only shooting at 100 yards or are you going to go out to long ranges. Is this more of a hunting gun? You also need to tell us the price range. You will save money on a fixed power optic vs a variable power optic. I also have 2 swfa one in 10x and the other in 12x. What I like about the swfa is price. They also have the features i want in a scope for an awesome price. For example the swfa scopes have turrets for dialing in the bullet drop for different distances. This feature is almost a must on shooting long range. But if you plan to shoot at 100 yards or you are hunting the turrets are not as important. They also have a ranging reticle. To me the illumination is not important unless you are shooting in low light. This would be good for a hunting scope. I think you want more magnification because you think that will help shoot tight groups at 100 yards or you want to see the bullet holes on paper. You can really get by with less than 25x if money is more of the deciding factor.


   
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