3-9x scope reccomendations? Redfield, Nikon, Vortex?

Discussion in 'Optics and Tactical Gear' started by Target, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. Target New Member

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    Getting my first rifle and need a scope.
    Purchased a Mossberg MVP Predator w/ 20" barrel in 5.56.
    Never shot with a scope before so I have no clue if Plex is better than BDC or what.

    I'm looking at spending $150-$175 and can get either a Vortex Crossfire 2, a Nikon ProStaff. or Redfield Revenge in that price range . Not looking to spend more as I feel that either of these will fit my needs.



    Is one better than the others?
    Which recticle do most prefer?

    Other suggestions?
  2. Zagmp Member

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    Depends on what you are doing for which reticle. I have a 3-9 redfield revenge that I liked in the accuhunter reticle, wasn't too busy but gave me some hash marks that I could measure off of if I had a known object at distance. That was nice for a shooting competition I was in, where everybody else was doing math, I just dialed to fit the size. Pretty neat feature. Haven't dealt with the Vortex or Nikon.

    What are you trying to do? Bench? Varmint? plinking?
  3. Target New Member

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    Probably more plinking than hunting.
    Targets up to 100 yds .
  4. varminthunter98 New Member

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    I have a 4-12 refield revenge with the accuranger, a Nikon prostaff 4-12, and a vortex viper 6.5-20x44.(which is obviously out of your price range, but its what ive got for a comparison) Out of these scopes my favorite is the vortex.(which is expected since its over $200 more) The vortex is built like a tank, and you can tell that they put every aspect into perspective when building this scope. However, I also really like the other two scopes, the redfield has one of my favorite reticles ive ever seen, but the Nikon has slightly more clarity, and a little more accurate adjustments, in my opinion. both scopes hold zeros very well, give very decent clarity for the price.
  5. Yuppiejr New Member

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    The nitrex (weaver) tr1 in either 3-9x42 or 3-10x50 for $120/130 at Natchez is the best deal going. They originally sold for twice that, glass is on par with Weavers Grand Slam line, made in Japan... Check the demo list Vortex products at cameralandny.com, should be able to get a diamondback series scope in your budget which is a big improvement over the crossfire.
  6. bombadillo Moderator

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    I'd go with a Vortex Crossfire II. I have one on my .17hmr, and it is a fantastic scope for the money. Very clear, best warranty available, and tons of features.
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  7. Yuppiejr New Member

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    Midway has the Redfield Revenge 3-9 on clearance for $80 shipped (has the Sabot accuranger reticle on it.. which actually looks decent, you'd just have to figure out the hold-overs with different ammo)... same glass as the Plex 3-9 which runs $150 normally.

    Link to scope: http://www.redfield.com/_media/galleries/revenge_ABS-sabot_01.jpg

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  8. ValleyDawg New Member

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    Redfield's battlezone 3-9 is a great scope. Built really solid, holds zero, very clear, target turrets, and you have turrets for 5.56 or .308 that once you zero you can dial and reset to the premarked yardage. Very easy to use. I love mine.
  9. Pastryslayer Member

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    I was going to get a Nikon P-223 3-9 for $169, but wound up getting the 4-12 for $199. I like it so far.
  10. Marneaus Moderator

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    I have heard not so good things about the vortex lines that are not the viper PST's but I have no personal experience so take that with a grain of salt.

    I cannot say enough good about my SWFA 3-9x42. I don't think there is any negative about it out there. It's dead simple and built like a tank. I use it out to about 800 yards.

    Cost more than the rifle though, but I am of the opinion that your glass is just as important if not more important than the rifle itself.
  11. Yuppiejr New Member

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    Vortex Diamondback and Viper are some of the best optics in their price class with a warranty that rivals Leupold...
  12. joetool New Member

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    Look at Primary arms stuff too! There is an excellent review I linked to in my thread in Optics. The guys reviewing the one I linked to were stunned at how good it was...
  13. Chuck S Active Member

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    The telescope furnished with the Patrol carbine is surprisingly clear and very nice. Probably under $100.

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  14. PT109 Active Member

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    Redfield gets my vote!
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  16. Potted Meat New Member

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    I use Burris Zrings (tall) and a Leupold
  17. wood chucker Moderator

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    Leupolds (drooling icon) Nikon has superb glass, Redfield gets good feedback in my neck of the woods.
  18. DesertWolf Member

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    I have the 6-18x50 Crossfire II and its a great scope Vortex is replacing Leupold in my gun cabinet. Im up to 5 Vortex scopes. from the Crossfire all the way to the Viper PST FFP
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  19. Surgical_SolutionsX New Member

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    I have (3) Vortex scopes and I cannot say enough about the quality of glass and product that is offered from the company. The VIP warranty is rock-solid, the customer service and knowledge of the staff is great. If you are MIL/LE and a Veteran they offer the best pricing around. At the price point Vortex can offer you a scope with a FFP - Front Focal Plane with better specs than a Leupold Mark 4 LRT 3.5-10x40mm. I just purchased a Leupold at MIL pricing and accessories. The quailty of the mount was a let down compared to my Vortex mount. I just purchased a Razor HD 20-60x85mm and I can't wait to come back CONUS to test it out. If you have any questions about any of my scopes I would be glad to answer.
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  20. Jimmy2112 Active Member

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    Burris C4 3-9x on my MVP. It's a nice piece of glass. Real happy with it. Primary Arms offers a FFP 4-14x Mil Dot for just a hair over $200. Everything I've read about it has been good.

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