November 9th, 2008 02:59 AM
A friend of mine just bought a new hunting rifle. I forget the brand but it was a 30-06. He also bought a scope for it which he asked if I could take him to the gun club to sight in. No problem. Any excuse to go.
In further discussion, it came out that he spent approximately $800 on the rifle and another $800 on the scope. I was just wondering if this ratio is about right, or should one buy a better/lesser scope than the rifle.
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November 9th, 2008 07:39 AM
You get what you pay for!?!
Good quality optics cost. Some really high end optic systems will almost always out price the average weapon.
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November 9th, 2008 08:36 AM
You just can't cut corners on optics. For hunting rifles I think a person is hard pressed to beat Leupold. I have a few of the VX-II's and VX-III's and just love them. The better scopes just have better light transmission and they hold their zeroes. Also, they make sighting in a joy. When they say one click is 1/4" it is just that! I've sighted in cheap scopes for friends that didn't seem to have any kind of madness to their adjustments. For me personally, I would spend between $400-550 on one. Can you spend more money... you better believe it but for me I can get the results I need in this range. A person should never neglect their rings and bases either. Why mate your nice rifle and scope with sub par equipment, you know?
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November 9th, 2008 09:12 AM
A bit +1 on all the above!
I have no qualms at all about putting more $$ into the optics than into the rifle -- for all the above reasons -- and like my dear old Dad said, "You can't hit 'em if you can't see 'em!"
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November 9th, 2008 11:12 AM
Originally Posted by allenruger
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November 9th, 2008 02:56 PM
When you start cuttin' corners...the targets get harder to see...
It's ALWAYS..."You get what you pay for..."
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