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Old 11-17-2018, 09:31 PM   #1
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Any recommendations out there for a good 4x12 or 14 for $300 or less. Seems to be several relatively new manufacturers now days making some pretty decent optics for the man on a budget. Iím wanting a mil dot style reticle and repeatable locking target/tactical turrets. I have a Vortex on another rifle and love the quality and price point but they donít offer the combination Iím wanting. I have also looked at Athlon optics but no go on the locking turrets.
Hoping someone has found another jewel out there.
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Old 11-17-2018, 09:34 PM   #2
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Can you clarify the meaning of PD?


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Old 11-17-2018, 09:36 PM   #3
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Burris full field.

Edit: Nvm I only read your first sentence. Imo you're expecting too many features for a $300 scope. Glass will be the first to suffer effectively making your scope "junk" when it matters

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Old 11-17-2018, 09:39 PM   #4
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Can you clarify the meaning of PD?


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Old 11-17-2018, 09:43 PM   #5
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Burris full field.

Edit: Nvm I only read your first sentence. Imo you're expecting too many features for a $300 scope. Glass will be the first to suffer effectively making your scope "junk" when it matters
Yeah Iím asking a lot for sure. Just wondering if there is something out there similar to the two manufacturers I mentioned. Both have outstanding products for the price point. Just not quite what Iím looking for.
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Old 11-17-2018, 09:48 PM   #6
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Ahh totally not one of my guesses. As far as glass goes your best bet would be a viper hs 2-10 for that price range. Capped windage and elevation but great scope.

Outside of that you wonít find the features you are looking for on the same scope in that price range. Not that has decent glass anyway.

Keep an eye out for Black Friday sales at places life SWFA. you can usually get one of their fixed powers for a little bit of nothing and their 3-15 for somewhere in the 4-500 range I believe.


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Old 11-17-2018, 09:52 PM   #7
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Ahh totally not one of my guesses. As far as glass goes your best bet would be a viper hs 2-10 for that price range. Capped windage and elevation but great scope.

Outside of that you wonít find the features you are looking for on the same scope in that price range. Not that has decent glass anyway.

Keep an eye out for Black Friday sales at places life SWFA. you can usually get one of their fixed powers for a little bit of nothing and their 3-15 for somewhere in the 4-500 range I believe.


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Thanks bud, Iíll check into that one. Definitely waiting on Black Friday/cyber Monday to purchase.
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Old 11-17-2018, 11:32 PM   #8
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I've shot thousand upon thousands of prairie dogs and honestly I've probably never put my scope on more than 9 power. When you start picking up heat waves it messes with your eyes. Or at least it does mine.

I don't really know which one to suggest. I've used a bunch of different ones. Leupold Rifleman is a good choice.

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Old 11-18-2018, 06:27 PM   #9
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Anyone have the Primary Arms 4-14X44mm FFP Rifle Scope - Mil-Dot Reticle? Lots of positive feedback online. It’s a contender at the moment. Lacks the locking turrets I want but I can manage.
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Old 11-18-2018, 06:38 PM   #10
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Anyone have the Primary Arms 4-14X44mm FFP Rifle Scope - Mil-Dot Reticle? Lots of positive feedback online. Itís a contender at the moment. Lacks the locking turrets I want but I can manage.


I had one. Itís a solid scope for sure. Adjustments were true and repeatable. I didnít own the gun for very long but it performed well while I had it. I would not hesitate to buy another one if I was looking for that style. I actually considered it for the rifle I just bought but got a better deal on a Vortex.


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Old 11-18-2018, 07:08 PM   #11
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I had one. It’s a solid scope for sure. Adjustments were true and repeatable. I didn’t own the gun for very long but it performed well while I had it. I would not hesitate to buy another one if I was looking for that style. I actually considered it for the rifle I just bought but got a better deal on a Vortex.


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Thanks for the feedback. Sounds on par with other reviews. May have found a winner! I have never had a first focal plane scope. Did the mil dots tend to cover up distant small targets at a higher magnification?
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Old 11-18-2018, 07:11 PM   #12
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Anyone have the Primary Arms 4-14X44mm FFP Rifle Scope - Mil-Dot Reticle? Lots of positive feedback online. Itís a contender at the moment. Lacks the locking turrets I want but I can manage.


Glass is mediocre at best.

Best suggestion so far has been the SWFA 3-15.


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Old 11-18-2018, 07:24 PM   #13
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Glass is mediocre at best.

Best suggestion so far has been the SWFA 3-15.


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Yeah but the SWFA is also $700. If that were my budget then I would have a ton of options. Just looking for decent quality. I know this is a subjective topic. One persons decent is anotherís junk lol. I have a Cabelaís brand 4-12 308 caliber specific scope I got for under $200 and it performed great on last years PD shoot. Had some mirage and what not but I had no issues shooting up to 400 yards and could clearly target dogs at 700. 40 mph wind was not conducive to hitting anything at that range lol.
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Old 11-18-2018, 08:11 PM   #14
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I had one. Itís a solid scope for sure. Adjustments were true and repeatable. I didnít own the gun for very long but it performed well while I had it. I would not hesitate to buy another one if I was looking for that style. I actually considered it for the rifle I just bought but got a better deal on a Vortex.


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I actually have the scope that he used to own. It is an awesome scope for the money. It tracks very well. Not the best in low light, but all of the other features more than make up for it.


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Old 11-18-2018, 11:17 PM   #15
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I actually have the scope that he used to own. It is an awesome scope for the money. It tracks very well. Not the best in low light, but all of the other features more than make up for it.


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Old 11-18-2018, 11:25 PM   #16
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Itís probably out of price range but the 1-4 PST is my favorite scope.

Itís one helluva scope in my opinion.


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Old 11-19-2018, 10:02 AM   #17
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Have you looked at the Vortex Diamondback Tactical?
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:25 PM   #18
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https://www.cabelas.com/product/hunt...1.uts?slotId=1

Came across this one. Might work for you.
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:37 PM   #19
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https://www.midwayusa.com/product/49...-reticle-matte

if you like vortex and want 4-12 why does this not work
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:07 PM   #20
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Have you looked at the Vortex Diamondback Tactical?
I had not looked at that one since it was a little over the planned budget. I appreciate you bringing it to my attention.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:08 PM   #21
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Came across this one. Might work for you.
Looks like the same that Pushbutton was talking about. TY
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if you like vortex and want 4-12 why does this not work
I have the dead hold reticle on another rifle. Itís decent but Iím looking for a mil/mil with target turrets. Also FFP for a more usable ranging tool.
I think Iím going to take a shot on the Primary Arms 4-14x 44. It ticks all the boxes and seems to have very positive feedback.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:27 PM   #23
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Euro optics has the Vortex 16% off, free shipping till 11/30. The Diamondback Tactical 4-16x44 would put you under $300. The 6-24x50 is out of stock.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:29 PM   #24
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Euro optics has the Vortex 16% off, free shipping till 11/30. The Diamondback Tactical 4-16x44 would put you under $300. The 6-24x50 is out of stock.
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:45 PM   #25
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Euro optics has the Vortex 16% off, free shipping till 11/30. The Diamondback Tactical 4-16x44 would put you under $300. The 6-24x50 is out of stock.

Went ahead a got that one. Canít beat that for $294! Thanks for the heads up!
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Went ahead a got that one. Canít beat that for $294! Thanks for the heads up!
Glad you got one!
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:14 PM   #27
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Pick you up an SWFA fixed power. Some of the best scopes out there for the money
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Old 11-21-2018, 02:25 PM   #28
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http://www.primaryarms.com/primary-a...ly-2016-pa416x

Saw this on the 6.5 Creed post. I read the review and thought "what the heck" and ordered one. Came in two days ago. Haven't put it on a rifle yet, but seems like a "solid" scope...Ö..

This one does have the locking turrents and mil-dot reticle.


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Pick you up an SWFA fixed power. Some of the best scopes out there for the money
I have a 16x fixed scope I would sell, if interested...

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Old 11-21-2018, 05:22 PM   #29
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http://www.primaryarms.com/primary-a...ly-2016-pa416x

Saw this on the 6.5 Creed post. I read the review and thought "what the heck" and ordered one. Came in two days ago. Haven't put it on a rifle yet, but seems like a "solid" scope...Ö..

This one does have the locking turrents and mil-dot reticle.




I have a 16x fixed scope I would sell, if interested...
Picked up the Vortex already since it was a steal. So not in the market anymore but I appreciate it!
Let me know how that PA works out for you. Iím interested in that brand after all the research and may come back to it next time.
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