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

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

  1. kawzak Member

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    I have a Redfield 6-18 x 42 Revenge with Accuranger/varmit model for my MVP 5.56/.223. A very good scope for the money, easy to use/rangefinder. I think it was on sale at Cabellas for $260.00 w/ $50.00 rebate. I have and used a Leupold 3x9 on my 270 for over 25 yrs (it was $250.00 back then). Very well made. That is all I have experience with other tan a Weaver 4x on an old savage I own. I here good things about the Vortex, and Nikons. I don't know if you have Academy sports stores where you live-they seem to have the best prices.
  2. Britt Halehing Paper Killer

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    Nikon Prostaff for me with my rimfire and my MVP. Target EFR for my 597 and 3-9 x 40 nikoplex for my MVP. Simple and very effective for what I use them for.
  3. jwb47 Active Member

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    if your not shooting further than 200 yds there is no need for bdc , mil dots or target turrets . You can find decent glass in a budget optic but when you start adding things like target turrets and special reticles and trying to stay in that price point something has to give usually the glass . my vote would be for a redfield revolution 3 x 9x40.
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  4. Bill Dutchess Member

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    Another vote for Vortex!
  5. bombadillo Moderator

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    So a quick question, but do you really need a variable powered scope? Are you going to spend 99% of the time sitting on a bench with the power maxed out, or are you going to be hunting with said scope?

    If you're going to be hunting, or changing the power here and there for certain conditions, I would go with the Vortex Crossfire II like I said before, but another I hadn't thought of is the Bushnell AR Optics 3-12x40 which I have the 1-4x version. Optics are really clear, warranty is great, and it is a pretty dang functional scope. 3-12x is a great range too, usable at close ranges for glassing areas if you don't have a set of binoculars, and capable of small groups at 100+ yards. http://swfa.com/Bushnell-3-12x40-AR-Optics-Rifle-Scope-P61354.aspx

    The other is the Bushnell Elite Tactical 10x40 fixed power Mil-Dot scope. It is kind of renowned with the SWFA 10x as well as being one of the best long range entry level scopes out there for trackability, clear glass, and functional turrets with clear audible clicks and durability. Here is a link to the scope, but you can get it all over for under $200 all day long. http://swfa.com/Bushnell-10x40-Elite-Tactical-Rifle-Scope-P48273.aspx
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  6. MudBore New Member

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    What I did...not necessarily what you should do but it worked for me was research research research. I knew I was going to get a rifle....one rifle....and I knew I was going to need reasonably decent optics for said rifle so I scoured the internet and asked everyone I knew that owned rifles with glass then sifted and sorted through everything until I had what I wanted in mind (vortex viper) then I looked at alternatives (those optics ain't cheap) and figured what I really needed and then narrowed my choices down to a couple of brands (Burris,Nikon and vortex) when the time came to actually purchase my optics I looked around locally and online for the best deal and came across a Nikon prostaff 3-9x40 with bdc reticle for 130 bucks on Amazon!(damaged box...brave move on my part) I got the scope,rings and a couple of other goodies for less than the scope would have been at full price got lucky.

    My point being, familiarize yourself with what your options are for what you want so you can b seize a deal when you see it.

    That being said, the middle/ lower end vortex and Nikon scopes are just about the best bet for your money in your price range also a Leopold rifleman can be found in your price range as well provided they are in stock. none of the above are optics to scoff at and you could do well with any of them.
  7. Keith Moderator

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    Research makes a huge difference. Redfield actually has a pretty decent product now that Leopold has them under their wing. From what I've read, they fall right in line with what Nikon has to offer in the "best bang for the buck" department. I did a lot of research myself before getting the Nikon M-308 I have installed on my rifle but that was before I learned about Redfield, so I may have missed out on a deal there. No one I knew had any kind of experience with them, so couldn't tell me if they were any good or not. As far as I knew, they were still along the same lines as a Bushnell, not that all Bushnell products are bad.
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  8. guthepenguin Member

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    Vortex Diamondback HP 2-8x32. Redefined clarity for me (I use cheaper scopes on my 22 bolt action).
  9. Misfit13 Member

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    I have a Redfield Revolution 2-7X33 on my CZ 455 Lux and I love it. But on my 5.56 Patrol, I have a Leupold 1.5-4x20 AR MOD 1. Quick and handy for my needs.
  10. rawhidekid Member

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    Just a reminder, Redfield is made in the states by Leopold and has their life time warranty. Like mine so far but will take time to really test it.
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  11. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    So nobody likes the 1x cost of the rifle on the glass as a sort of minimum anymore?








    Teasing... mostly.

    While I'd encourage you to put more into your glass, for the price spectrum you're in, you're at least on decent ground with the options you're looking at. Advice from an optics snob: Don't get any feature you don't 100% need. No BDC nothing, no exposed turrets, no illumination and especially no huge objective lenses. Just a regular 3-9x with a 32-40mm objective and no adjustable parallax.
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  12. downs Pew Pew Pew

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    3-9 seems a bit excessive for 100 yards but if that's what you want to do the only 3-9 I have personal experience with is the AROPTICS model from Bushnell on my 14.5 inch AR Carbine. Glass is really clear with the addition of a "coaster" I picked up from amazon for a magnification throw lever the mag adjustment is quick and easy. I think new they go for around 140 dollars. Not 100% I picked mine up NIB from a buddy who decided he wanted to go another route. I like having optics options laying around so I scooped it up.
  13. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    It'd be completely excessive if he was using it for hunting maybe but plinking at 100yrds usually includes hanging a paper target and shooting a few groups in addition to blasting berm debris. It's just easier to make out those nice pretty small groups from the bench with a bit of magnification. Blanket rules are rarely useful. I use a fixed 36x standing up from 33-110yrds. That's not excessive if you're doing with it what I'm doing with it. A 3-9x gives a huge amount of flexibility for the guy who's needing very generalized kit.
  14. Bobby Kobito Member

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    I have 2 "Vortex" Crossfire Scopes on my Rifles with their Dead-Hold BDC Reticle, the one on my Patrol in .308 is 4x12x44. Vortex has the best warranty out there imho just watch their video of what people have sent into them and they replaced or repaired for free, No ? asked.

    Here is the link to their 3x9x40 Crossfire: http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/crossfire-II-3-9x40-with-dead-hold-bdc-moa-reticle/reticle
    Their Dead-Hold BDC Reticle Video: http://www.vortexoptics.com/video/using_the_dead-hold_bdc_reticle
    The VIP Warranty:

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