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Outdoor Life Shooting Editor John Snow breaks new ground in his hands-on test of today’s long-range hunting scopes.
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from 25-06 guy wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Good article, how about the new redfield or the buckmasters? I would love to see an article on those scopes.

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from fisherus wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

After this much time has passed since this article was written, I would sure like to see a re-do done today. In retrospect of the scopes compared and given the Hi-5's, I was amazed by the Nightforce model that was chosen for this review. Maybe the next time around the writer will check with several long range shooters for their opinions.

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from Joe Pfeifer wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

now how bout redfield??

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from roritch wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

I liked the article for its variety of scopes and price ranges. I personally use Bushnell Elite 3500s for all my large rifles including a Rem 338 Ultra Mag. The 3500 was very reasonably priced and has held up well. I really like the RainGuard coating on the lens. One area that I wish we could hear from is customer service stories when someone really had a problem and had to send a scope back for factory repair/inspection. How they were treated-turn around times, etc.

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from WC wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

Ok, someone help me out here:

Bushnell Elite 6500
Accuracy: B
Easy of Use: B
Speed: A
Low-Light Performance: B
Versatility: C
Price/Value: C+

Burris
Accuracy: C
Easy of Use: B
Speed: A
Low-Light Performance: A
Versatility: C
Price/Value: B

Vortex Viper
Accuracy: B
Easy of Use: B
Speed: A
Low-Light Performance: B
Versatility: C
Price/Value: B

Trijicon
Accuracy: C
Easy of Use: A
Speed: B
Low-Light Performance: C+
Versatility: C-
Price/Value: C

So the Trijicon with 4 ratings of C+ or worse gets 3.5 stars, and the 3 riflescopes listed above all received 3 stars, despite better or equal overall ratings save Ease of Use across all other categories? What am I missing here?

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from albertahunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I bot a Redfield almost 20 yrs ago that was there best with the rangefinder/compensator feature for my 300WM. I believe it has different rings for various calibers then you zero it at 200 yards and it adjusted from there to 600. Still working great, super in low light, and the odd time that I needed to shoot further than I like, was right on. Using spotting scope to verify target you cant do with the scope is not to my liking but if it is either shoot long range or get nothing at times I have chosen to take the shot. Cannot see having one of these on smaller calibers due to too many variables and energy but is a personal choice. you must use same ammo or sight in regularly and always remember to turn scope down or will be shooting high. I can hit coyotes 1/4 mile plus with 150's, so shuts up the guys who think you only need a .243 for big game. You have to know your gun and shoot lots and must know the exact distance or the scope cant do its job right. Am sure you know you need a good rest too,right?

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from Ishi wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

That's all well and good but now take the scopes out back and beat them with a hammer until they are out of zero. The best scope in the world is useless if it doesn't keep a zero.

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from Flatbed wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I have been looking to scope my 30/06 for sometime but could not decide which way I wanted to go. This is good information.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Now that is a great test, you got a bunch of different price ranges and listed pros and cons..thanks....Tru glo also makes a scope wth a bdc reticle that may be interesting to run a test on

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from WC wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

Ok, someone help me out here:

Bushnell Elite 6500
Accuracy: B
Easy of Use: B
Speed: A
Low-Light Performance: B
Versatility: C
Price/Value: C+

Burris
Accuracy: C
Easy of Use: B
Speed: A
Low-Light Performance: A
Versatility: C
Price/Value: B

Vortex Viper
Accuracy: B
Easy of Use: B
Speed: A
Low-Light Performance: B
Versatility: C
Price/Value: B

Trijicon
Accuracy: C
Easy of Use: A
Speed: B
Low-Light Performance: C+
Versatility: C-
Price/Value: C

So the Trijicon with 4 ratings of C+ or worse gets 3.5 stars, and the 3 riflescopes listed above all received 3 stars, despite better or equal overall ratings save Ease of Use across all other categories? What am I missing here?

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from hengst wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Now that is a great test, you got a bunch of different price ranges and listed pros and cons..thanks....Tru glo also makes a scope wth a bdc reticle that may be interesting to run a test on

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from Flatbed wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I have been looking to scope my 30/06 for sometime but could not decide which way I wanted to go. This is good information.

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from Ishi wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

That's all well and good but now take the scopes out back and beat them with a hammer until they are out of zero. The best scope in the world is useless if it doesn't keep a zero.

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from albertahunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I bot a Redfield almost 20 yrs ago that was there best with the rangefinder/compensator feature for my 300WM. I believe it has different rings for various calibers then you zero it at 200 yards and it adjusted from there to 600. Still working great, super in low light, and the odd time that I needed to shoot further than I like, was right on. Using spotting scope to verify target you cant do with the scope is not to my liking but if it is either shoot long range or get nothing at times I have chosen to take the shot. Cannot see having one of these on smaller calibers due to too many variables and energy but is a personal choice. you must use same ammo or sight in regularly and always remember to turn scope down or will be shooting high. I can hit coyotes 1/4 mile plus with 150's, so shuts up the guys who think you only need a .243 for big game. You have to know your gun and shoot lots and must know the exact distance or the scope cant do its job right. Am sure you know you need a good rest too,right?

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from roritch wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

I liked the article for its variety of scopes and price ranges. I personally use Bushnell Elite 3500s for all my large rifles including a Rem 338 Ultra Mag. The 3500 was very reasonably priced and has held up well. I really like the RainGuard coating on the lens. One area that I wish we could hear from is customer service stories when someone really had a problem and had to send a scope back for factory repair/inspection. How they were treated-turn around times, etc.

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from Joe Pfeifer wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

now how bout redfield??

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from fisherus wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

After this much time has passed since this article was written, I would sure like to see a re-do done today. In retrospect of the scopes compared and given the Hi-5's, I was amazed by the Nightforce model that was chosen for this review. Maybe the next time around the writer will check with several long range shooters for their opinions.

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from 25-06 guy wrote 3 years 4 weeks ago

Good article, how about the new redfield or the buckmasters? I would love to see an article on those scopes.

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