Subscribe to Outdoor Life
Get 1 Year for Only $10
» Where to Buy
I was just wanting some opinions about some scopes? I have a leupold on my varmint gun and I was wondering if anyone had a better choice of a scope?
Can not go wrong with any of above comments.
Set your budget, depending on your application frequency and go for any of the brands mentioned.
You are sitting really good with Leupold. You should never be disappointed with that. I would say there are others out there with just as good of functionality for a little cheaper. Nikon would be at the top of that list for price/value in my book. They just came out with a varmint scope that got some pretty good reviews in the '09 scope test. I have a few hunting companions that have the Nikon Buckmaster scope of various power and love them. I have a Nikon Monarch 4-14x42 and love everything about it. I have it in a Mil Dot Reticle and would never go back. Best of luck!!
It depends on where you hunt, and your rifle. For farmland, don't buy too much magnification and set it around 4x in case you get a sudden close running shot. A coyote is fairly big so a 3x9 should be plenty. There are lots of good scopes in all price ranges.
In more open areas, if you have enough gun for long shots of 300+ yards maybe 4x12, but the more magnification the more shake... and the bigger objective lens needed.
Many shooters don't understand that for low light (shadows, early, late in the day) you need a 5 mm exit pupil, no more, no less. (The Magnification X 5=Objective Lens needed) 4x5=20, 6x5=30,
8x5=40, 10x5=50, 12x5=60... email@example.com
Nikon makes some good glass a little less money. And Zeiss is a fine scope also. Precision scopes are worth the money.
LEUPOLD depending on the range id say a 6-20 x50
I have a Leupold VX-III with the varmint hunter’s reticle on my .223. I found that reticle to be too fine for early winter morning low light conditions. My 6mm has an old Redfield 3-9X40 scope with the duplex reticle and it works much better in early dawn and late evening light conditions. I just purchased a VX-III with the Boone and Crockett reticle to replace my Redfield; I think the heavier crosshairs of the B&C reticle will work in low light conditions.
For the money, its hard to beat a Leupold. I use several on my coyote guns. I have a 3-9 and a 4-12, love them both. I also run a Burris 3-9 with the Balistic-plex reticle, it works really well too. I prefer to have them all set at 6 power, just my preference, for a good site picture at about 100 yards. Sure there are better scopes, but who can afford to spend the money right now.....
Outdoorlife.com is part of the Field & Stream Network, a division of Bonnier Corporation.
Copyright © 2014 Bonnier Corp. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.