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Best Scout Scope

Discussion in 'Scopes & Optics' started by RedneckRampage, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I want to try a scout scope set up on my 1895 45-70 Guide Gun. I'd like to stay with Leupold or Vortex, but what else should I look at for scopes. Ideally it would be 1-4x and have a lighted reticle, but illumination is not a must. Has to dial down to 1 or 1.5x though. I've heard decent things about Burris scout scopes too. $300 ideally, up to $500, used ok.
     
  2. Salps

    Salps Down by the river…. Well-Known Member

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    Might sell my leupold listed with a marlin 45\70 in rifles.
     
  3. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Burris have a good reputation in their ability to handle recoil... However I have no idea where they are made now so it's a big chance to take.
     
  4. aflineman

    aflineman Both South of Eugene and East of Portland. Active Member

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    I like my Burris on my Savage Scout. Not a variable, but clear and easy to use.
     
  5. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Not very many variable power scout scopes start at 1x-1.5x

    I prefer handgun scopes because they have more eye relief, giving you more leeway in where you mount it on the rifle, but I have only found two handgun scopes that start at that low of a power; Weaver and Leaper UTG. Weaver is okay, but the Leaper UTG scopes are questionable IMO.

    The best?

    Probably the Leupold VXR 1.5-5x Scout Firedot - but I haven't looked at one in person yet. I have a Leupold HOG Firedot and I like that scope, but it isn't a scout scope.
     
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  6. Salps

    Salps Down by the river…. Well-Known Member

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    The Leupold VXR 1.5-5x Scout Firedot is quite the nice scope. Eye relief can be tricky until you get it set up right. Scope has some great features also.
     
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  7. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Isn't Burris making a 1x7 Scout now?
     
  8. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Not that I can find.

    I use a Burris handgun 2x7 and they offer a 2x7 scout scope, but I don't see one in 1x7.

    I wish Leupold or Burris would make a 1x-somethingX handgun scope.
     
  9. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    My mistake.
     
  10. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I like the luepold 4x scout scope, ive forgoten the model but its in thier gold line.

    Not sure why a variable scope would be helpful at those low powers; 4x is close enough to shoot anything on the west side of the mountains and not so zoomed in that you cant make quick snap shots at 25-50 yards.

    Its not illuminated, but in WA we cant use them anyway.
     
  11. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm leaning towards the VX-II 1.5-4x28 IER. Any ideas on it?
     
  12. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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  13. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    A 1X scope is great for close range and brushy areas, has a wider field of view and more eye relief. In short, it would be my default setting.

    Then if I need to hit something beyond 100 yards, or something small, especially if I can take my time and preferably use a rest, a higher power would be great.


    ??

    I am not aware of any laws against illuminated reticle scopes for hunting or what the reasoning behind such a law would be.
     
  14. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I don't close an eye when I'm using my scout scope so I guess I just assumed everyone didn't - that assuming thing again; So a 1x for me is kinda useless as is a 2x. 4x was the lowest that I could shoulder and fire at any distance quickly.


    I thought I read in the hunting guide that WA dosen't allow illuminated scopes for hunting but I could be wrong and will see if I can dig that up.

    Edit: not sure as to most of the why's on any law:p
     
  15. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I can not find any mention of it in the book.

    Thanks for correcting me on that.
     
  16. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    You might have been thinking of NVDs.
     
  17. fry

    fry pacific north west Active Member

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    I have the burris on an XS mount on a guide gun. the burris has a heavy duplex line and the leupold that I looked at had the thin fine duplex. that was a no brainer for me for a woods/brush gun. at least I looked at the leupolds as all my scopes are pretty much burris. ymmv.
     
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    Barney Portland Member

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  19. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    Why
     
  20. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Refference posts #14 and #15;)
     
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