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Old 03-20-2012, 08:25 PM
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So I just purchased a brand new Ruger M77 Hawkeye from CDNN the other day and am now looking for some glass to put on that bad boy. My budget is gonna be $200 or under. I am not an expert on scopes at all but am looking for something that will be a good buy. Again I don't know much about fixed power vs variable or anything like that but would like a max power of 9x or 10x. I also would like it to be rugged and waterproof. Let me know what you think!
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Remember to factor in the price of decent rings and mounts also. The glass is important, but if the rings and mounts are cheap, you may wind up with a wandering aim point also.
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Remember to factor in the price of decent rings and mounts also. The glass is important, but if the rings and mounts are cheap, you may wind up with a wandering aim point also.
Hawkeye has the built in bases and comes with rings....from what I heard they are quality
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I haven't looked lately, but the Leupold VX-1 is usually under $200...

Cabelas has them on sale as we speak...

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shoot...3Bcat104535180
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I have a Nikon Prostaff 3 x 9 x 40 and I am well pleased for the money. They can be had for about 149 dollars.
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second vote for the Nikon
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I third it, I love my Nikon scopes.
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I'll fourth the nikon scopes.
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[QUOTE=*Paladin*;3930890]I haven't looked lately, but the Leupold VX-1 is usually under $200...

Cabelas has them on sale as we speak...

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shoot...3Bcat104535180[/QUOTE

I'mhappy with my VX-1 3x9x40
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Pentax Pioneer 3-9x40

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Which version of the Hawkeye is it and what Caliber? Do you plan to use it for short ranges or do you want something to push it out a ways? a Bushnell Trophy 3-9x40 is a little over your budget but its alot of scope for the money.
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My suggestion is Nikon Monarch or Leupold VX-I if on sale, Otherwise, Redfield- Leupold with out the price tag.
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Hawkeye has the built in bases and comes with rings....from what I heard they are quality
The bases and Rings on Rugers are good. I used to own a 77MKII in .270. Worked very well.
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I bought a Vortex 3-9x40 for 149$ on sale at one of the online scope places, not the chinese made crossfire, but the Diamondback. I have always bought Leupold before. But didn't want to spend that kind of money on a Stevens 200. The reviews on Vortex are pretty good, can't complain about the scope.
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I am a huge Nikon fan and find it hard to beat them for quality vs. price. My oldest son and a few friends have recently bought Vortex (not the Crossfire) scopes and I am impressed with the quality, clarity, and lifetime warranty.

I will only say that optics are something where you should not skimp. Buy once, cry once.
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Ive got the Leupold VX-1 and its an excellent scope. it does have a BDC reticle that gets you pretty close when sighted in properly.
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The Weaver V series are nice. They are made in Japan and have good fully multicoated glass. The 3-9x38 is like $150-$200, and only weighs 11 ounces.

A lot of the scopes suggested above do not have fully multicoated glass, or are made in the Phillipines or China.
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Can't beat the vortex warranty
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For under $200 my vote goes to Redfield.

They are made by Leupold, in Oregon, using Leupold parts, on the same assembly line as Leupold. So what your getting is a Leupold for less money.

I run one on my 25-06, with the accurange reticle.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0034L...2348916&sr=8-4
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