Son’s deer rifle: Scope Recommendations

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by hardtimes, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. Huntin' Fool

    Huntin' Fool 6 pointer

    Oct 17, 2014
    I've got a Burris full field II and its been a pretty good scope. I think I paid around 175 several years ago and it came with some nice binos.
  2. bman940

    bman940 Fawn

    Sep 7, 2012
    I would look at the Meopta Optika5 3-15x44. Plenty of magnification to make an accurate shot and quality European glass. You can spend less with an Optika5 2-10x42 without parallax but as your son gets older and more confident, he will want to take longer shots. Even predator hunting in the off-season with a .243 shooting 55gr bullets is big fun and great practice while doing a solid for the deer. I have been hunting this year using an Optika5 3-15x44 and I am very pleased with the quality of the scope especially in low light.

    RLWEBB 12 pointer

    Nov 30, 2005
    Staffordsville, KY
    I’ve looked at and thru Vortex products. They are nice no doubt and seem to have a large following. We as hunters like to compare, discuss, critique, recommend, and evaluate hunting equipment. We all have our favorites and our preferences. Bottom line is, almost all makes and models of whatever the piece of equipment may be will work as long as we do our part.
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  4. davers

    davers 12 pointer

    Jul 14, 2014
    Back in the 1960's I had Weaver scopes on my .22 LR & .222 Remington rifles. Back then Weaver Scopes were made in Texas U.S.A., not like they are now....Made in China, or in the Phillipines. I now have Leupold Scopes on three of my Deer rifles, made in U.S.A.
  5. riverboss

    riverboss 12 pointer

    Jan 26, 2009
    northern ky
    When I get rich and can afford to buy only American made stuff I will, but until then I will buy what I can afford that has the best Warranty, vortex and Hawke scope are great scopes!
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  6. I own nikon,might buy a lupy.Nikon has been great for me,lifetime warranty.I guess there making any more.Say they will honor warranty.Who knows.I had sent stuff back,and got fixed,it was all great
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  7. bowhunter269

    bowhunter269 12 pointer

    Nov 21, 2006
    Fisherville, KY
    I didn't mention Nikon as they are now "out of the business", but I have several Nikons and they are fantastic scopes. Most of my rifles are topped with Nikon and Leupold.
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  8. Strutter

    Strutter Cyber-Hunter

    Dec 9, 2001
    I have scopes from several companies and all are good for what I use them for. Leupolds are great and are assembled here in the USA, but like all others, the glass is outsourced from Asia, Europe, or wherever.
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  9. flyingnectar

    flyingnectar 6 pointer

    Oct 30, 2014
    Metcalfe County
    Buy the best glass you can afford it will be a great investment. I like vortex but only have the high end model. Also a Leopold Vx 3 on my deer rig is great. I have had entry level glass and no longer hunt with any of those scopes. It’s not just hype or marketing good scopes will make a difference. Light gathering, tracking, durability, warranty will be what your paying for
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  10. RLWEBB

    RLWEBB 12 pointer

    Nov 30, 2005
    Staffordsville, KY
    Now don’t go bringing facts into a “feel good” moment. It just confuses folks.
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  11. CRFmxracer

    CRFmxracer 12 pointer

    Sep 9, 2010
    louisville kentucky
    I have 2 Nikon prostaff 3-9x40 and love them. When it’s too dark for me to see clearly I can look through them and see better than with my own naked eye.
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  12. ABLongbow

    ABLongbow 6 pointer

    Aug 10, 2018
    Morgan County
    If you buy him a Leupold he'll have it for the rest of his life
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  13. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 12 pointer

    Jan 1, 2018
    Cynthiana, Ky
    yep. Buy once cry once
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  14. hardtimes

    hardtimes 6 pointer

    Jul 10, 2008
    Mt. Washington
    I really appreciate everyone’s opinions and advice. It has been 20 years since I last bought a scope, which was a Leupold 3-9x40. I went yesterday and looked at and through different scopes. Today, after much thought and reading, I purchased the Leupold VX-3i 3.5-10x50mm from Cabelas. It was more than I wanted to spend, however I felt that he will have it forever along with the gun. The only issue now is I am going to have to get one once they come back in stock. Thanks again.
  15. rcb216

    rcb216 12 pointer

    Sep 25, 2005
    Robertson Co.
    I have the VX3i 4.5x14x40. I originally wanted the 50mm but wasn’t in warehouse. But I love mine they have the twilight max light gathering. It’s unbelievable for low light conditions.
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