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Old 11-20-2022, 07:58 PM   #1
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I don't shoot much anymore, but did get out and shoot a bit today. I quickly learned that my 2.5-10x, 30 year old Burris doesn't work for these old eyes any longer! I'm looking for something to put on my Sendero 7mag and realistically I'll be shooting 100-200 yards max for hunting, but would like to shoot some paper a bit farther. I've been out of the game so long that I really don't know where to start. I do have an AR with a Nikon Black 4-16 on it and I can see pretty well with it so I'm thinking something in that power range would be sufficient. I'm not able to spend a ton on a scope so what are some budget minded options that you guys have had good luck with? I know you get what you pay for with optics, but hopeful I can find something pretty fair in the $600-$800 range. Thanks and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:07 PM   #2
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Burris veracity or leupold vx3

I’m a Burris fan. Don’t buy a vortex.

In that money range you should be able to find some pretty solid options.
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:11 PM   #3
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A Leupold VX5HD 3-15 would be at the top of that price range but it offers all the glass, magnification and elevation you need for that Sendero! They have some VX3 options with 4.5-14x magnification that are closer to $550-600 as well.

Id also consider a used Bushnell LRHS.
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:41 PM   #4
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Leupold VX3 line would be a solid choice.
I recently purchased a Meopta Optika 6 and am floored at the optical quality and how feature rich the optic is. IMO its worth a look.
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:58 PM   #5
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Leupold VX5HD. New will be a little over your budget, but you can find a used one in that price range easily.


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Old 11-20-2022, 09:34 PM   #6
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Leupold vx5 3-15 allllll day.

Pretty good jump in performance over the vx3.
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Old 11-20-2022, 09:35 PM   #7
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Leupold vx5 3-15 allllll day.

Pretty good jump in performance over the vx3.
Yep, or a used VX6. I picked up a 3-18 VX6 for $900 the other day. Great scope!

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Old 11-20-2022, 11:31 PM   #8
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Yep, or a used VX6. I picked up a 3-18 VX6 for $900 the other day. Great scope!
Good snag! Trade for a 3-15 vx5?
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Old 11-21-2022, 02:47 PM   #9
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Looks like Leupold is by far and away what I need to look for! I've seen some sales on the Mark 4 scopes. Where do they fall in regards to quality compared to the VX-3s and Vx-5's? Thanks guys!
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Old 11-21-2022, 04:19 PM   #10
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I might have either a mounted never fired OR a fired 18 shots Leupold VX5-HD 3-15x44 Duplex up for sale soon.

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Old 11-21-2022, 04:23 PM   #11
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I’m in the VX3HD 3x10 camp for your application. I have one up to 14 power and would never never dial it up past 10 at 200 yards. Most of the time, I shoot it at 4.5.
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Old 11-21-2022, 05:57 PM   #12
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Vx3hd 4.5-14x40 has been my go to suggestion budget friendly scope for years. It really is a great optic. The vx5 is nicer but also cost more. And for your use the vx3 probably be sufficient.

I normally shoot June at 4.5 99% or the time for coyotes but having that extra 14.5 in your back pocket is nice for those precision shots or just confirming you want to kill that buck before you actually pull the trigger.


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Old 11-21-2022, 06:08 PM   #13
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Vx3hd 4.5-14x40 has been my go to suggestion budget friendly scope for years. It really is a great optic. The vx5 is nicer but also cost more. And for your use the vx3 probably be sufficient.

I normally shoot June at 4.5 99% or the time for coyotes but having that extra 14.5 in your back pocket is nice for those precision shots or just confirming you want to kill that buck before you actually pull the trigger.


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This is kind of what I'm leaning towards as far as magnification range. For my eyes 10x just isn't working for trying to shoot small groups, but the 12-14 range is much better. At least at 100 yards. For hunting 10x seems fine most of the time.
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Old 11-21-2022, 06:35 PM   #14
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I might have either a mounted never fired OR a fired 18 shots Leupold VX5-HD 3-15x44 Duplex up for sale soon.

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Let us know if OP passes!
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Old 11-21-2022, 09:27 PM   #15
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Let us know if OP passes!
I'm still trying to figure out what route I want to take so feel free to go for it!
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Old 11-22-2022, 03:09 PM   #16
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I have 2 VX5HD's, 3-15 x 44. To me they are the ideal hunting scope. New, I don't think you can find one for less than about $950.00. I bought both of mine new, one last yeat and it was $899.99, by far the lowest price I found. I bought the other new about 6 years ago, don't remember what I paid. I also have a VX3HD, 4.5-14 x 40, bought new, it's in your price range.

Don't overlook Burris. I'm a solid Leupold customer due to a life time of failure free performance from them. But, I do have a Burris Signature HD in 3-15 by 44 that is a fantastic scope. In your price range, I would buy all the Burris Scope that is at the top of your price range. I believe Leupold to be the best there is $ for $ in the $1000.00 or so price range. If I was spending 6-$700.00, it might just have to be Burris.
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Old 11-22-2022, 05:01 PM   #17
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Looks like Leupold is by far and away what I need to look for! I've seen some sales on the Mark 4 scopes. Where do they fall in regards to quality compared to the VX-3s and Vx-5's? Thanks guys!

The Mark 4 has been discontinued for years. That either very old stock or possibly refurbished. I own a couple
of Mark 4s but they donít hold a candle to the Mark 5HD. Thatís going to
Be your best option if you want to dial yardage regularly.

If not the the VX5HD or VX6 HD is your best bet in Leupold.


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Old 11-22-2022, 10:55 PM   #18
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Vx5hd’s are fantastic scopes.
Also don’t over look the trijicon credos and tenmiles
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Old 11-24-2022, 08:54 PM   #19
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Vx5 HD
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