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Old 01-15-2022, 10:41 AM   #1
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What is the best mid priced (500 and under)
Vortex
Burris
Simmons
any help would be appreciated

looking for something around 4-16x44

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Old 01-15-2022, 10:46 AM   #2
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Im a Burris fanboy myself. In that price range I prefer them over vortex any day.
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Old 01-15-2022, 11:21 AM   #3
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https://www.midwayusa.com/centerfire...6&Brand=Burris
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Old 01-15-2022, 11:30 AM   #4
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https://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnel...-30mm-blk.html
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Old 01-15-2022, 11:33 AM   #5
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https://www.midwayusa.com/centerfire...Brand=Bushnell
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Old 01-15-2022, 12:46 PM   #6
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Im a Burris fanboy myself. In that price range I prefer them over vortex any day.
Same here.


I have an older 4x, a fulfield e1, MTAC 1-4, and an XTR2. No problems with any of them.

I’d skip Vortex, but $500 should also buy a solid leupold.

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Old 01-15-2022, 12:51 PM   #7
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I like burris too. I really like nikon monarch if you can find one and I guess their warranty is worthless.
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Old 01-15-2022, 01:24 PM   #8
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Old 01-15-2022, 02:06 PM   #9
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Old 01-15-2022, 02:22 PM   #10
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Someone was selling a swarovski for 700ish the other day on here. Might as well up it $200 and get the best scope money can buy
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Old 01-15-2022, 02:34 PM   #11
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Have one of these on grandson's RAR 6.5CM, and like it a lot. Especially for the price!

Burris Fullfield E1 Rifle Scope 4.5-14x 42mm Matte
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1548612225?pid=612225

Useable magnification range, side focus, decent low-light performance (shot a doe with it in the twilight of an evening hunt this year), light at 15.3oz, glass etched reticle, lifetime warranty. IMHO, perfect match for the compact RAR it sits on.

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Old 01-15-2022, 04:15 PM   #12
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On the cheaper end of things, Simmons aetec 2.8-10x44. Between me and my dad we have 4 of them. On 270 win,30-06,243,7mm rem mag. All have been flawless. I like them more so than both my Nikon pro staff
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Old 01-15-2022, 05:48 PM   #13
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Leupold Vx3hd
4.5-14 x 40
Have to look for a good deal to get it for less than $500 though
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Old 01-15-2022, 06:05 PM   #14
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I would take a look at the Athlon Argos BTR gen II for around $450 or the Midas BTR for around $600 if you wanted to stretch your budget.
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Old 01-15-2022, 06:09 PM   #15
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Leupold Vx3hd
4.5-14 x 40
Have to look for a good deal to get it for less than $500 though

Leupold would be my suggestion. Donít be afraid to buy used either. Lots of good deals to be had if you keep an eye out for a few weeks. Iíd stay away from the lower end Vortex models.
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Old 01-15-2022, 07:13 PM   #16
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Burris then Vortex out of those.
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Old 01-15-2022, 11:28 PM   #17
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I would look for a used Zeiss Conquest
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Old 01-15-2022, 11:31 PM   #18
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I’ve been really impressed with SigSauer scopes.
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Old 01-16-2022, 01:23 AM   #19
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I'd go with nest Leupold I could afford. I've tried a bunch of stuff and just can't seem to beat Leupold dollar for dollar.
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Old 01-16-2022, 08:20 AM   #20
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another burris for me,, bought my first one about 1992, still have it, still works perfectly
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Old 01-16-2022, 08:31 AM   #21
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Anything over 10x power should have a parallax adjustment feature. Nothing better IMO than a Leupold but not likely to find one with adjustable parallax for under $500. More like $800.
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Old 01-16-2022, 11:42 AM   #22
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I purchased a leupold vx3hd $479. No question outta anything else in this price range I’d do it again.
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Old 01-16-2022, 12:00 PM   #23
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Another vote for the VX3HD
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Old 01-16-2022, 12:02 PM   #24
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look at the new Bushnell Engage scopes. I picked up a 4-10x 50mm last spring. I really like it ... very clear optics. 30mm tube. They run from $250 - 500.
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Old 01-16-2022, 07:37 PM   #25
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We just went with a Meopta Optika5 in a 4-20x50 and are pretty happy with it. They make it in a 4-20x44. It is a 1” tube. Both fall in your price range from Camera Land if they’re in stock. They’re on sale right now.
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Old 01-16-2022, 08:02 PM   #26
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Thanks guys for all the responses
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Old 01-16-2022, 08:12 PM   #27
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Trijicon Accupoint 2.5-10x56 usually can find at or just stay over $500. By far my favorite hunting scope.
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Old 01-17-2022, 08:10 AM   #28
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Great to hear you went with the Meopta. I have the same scope and it delivers way above its price point, which is exactly what Meopta is known to do.
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Old 01-17-2022, 08:23 AM   #29
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I have a Burris Veracity 3x15x50 E2, they are discontinuing the E2.It is listed as damaged but I have not found any problems with them.It is $450.00 and a great scope.My favorite scope I use is the SWFA SS 10 power.It is $400 if you can find them.
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Old 01-17-2022, 08:27 AM   #30
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You might want to also consider Maven. You never hear much about them but people that do have their products really like them. Here's two that might work for you:

https://mavenbuilt.com/collections/r...s/rs-2-2-10x38

https://mavenbuilt.com/collections/r...-1-3-12x40-sfp
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Old 01-17-2022, 08:34 AM   #31
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I have a fixed 6X on my Belgium Browning BLR .308 Win and really like it. I have taken 1 deer with it in TX. The rifle just hates really cold weather. While I like the fixed power scopes, I am just not a fan of them for hunting any areas where you might have a shot inside of 50 yards. Last year, I took a doe at 20 yards and I was thankful I could crank down the magnification to 3X.
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Old 01-17-2022, 08:36 AM   #32
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Leupold VX3i series pretty solid for that price point.
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Old 01-17-2022, 03:18 PM   #33
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The best Leupold you can afford. Like others said don't be afraid to buy used. There warranty is amazing. There is a facebook group called optics buy sell trade. I have bought and sold several higher end scopes on there all with no issues. There are some dealers on there that sell new for way less than they are supposed to per the manufacturer. They just won't advertise the price.
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Old 01-17-2022, 05:03 PM   #34
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I would also throw in the Meopta Optika 6 line.
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Old 01-17-2022, 05:04 PM   #35
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