Budget Scout Scopes?

Flewda

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Anyone have good recommendations for a scope that would sit nicely on a Ruger Gunsite Scout? Looking for the forward mounted scope (long eye relief). I am by no means a serious competitive shooter, so I ruled out the need for the $300+ scopes. But I don't want to get a crappy lemon, either. Anyone have thoughts for the $100-$150 range? It needs to handle a .308 kick.

Thanks,

J
 

ArmyZach

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I would recommend the Weaver 4x28 scout scope at $180.
Anything cheaper and you are looking at ncstar/etc. Or low end pistol scopes. I wouldn't put either on the ruger scout.
Cool rifle, I've been keeping my eye out for one.


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M. Sage

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$300+ dollar glass isn't just for "serious competitive shooters." Good glass is good glass, and worth it in the long run.

You could do what I did and waste money on cheap, broken scopes that make good paperweights sitting around your house... or just jump straight into quality glass. Every time I see that Tasco or Millett sitting around my house, I want to kick myself in the ass...
 

Flewda

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Thanks for all the suggestions, guys! Sage, that's what I am scared of. I don't want to buy something crappy just because it's affordable. I'd rather save up for a couple months and get what's going to last. However if there's a decent option that's reasonably priced then what I was saying was that I didn't need the extra bells and whistles. Utilitarian is what I am looking for.

MikePotts, that scope looks interesting, and lots of good reviews. I may just take a chance on that one and risk it. Ultimately I want a Leupold FXii, but it's out of my range. However, I find out this week what my yearly bonus looks like, I might be able to afford it. If not, that Leatherwood is looking mighty tempting. Either way, I appreciate all the suggestions and feedback!

J
 

M. Sage

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Thanks for all the suggestions, guys! Sage, that's what I am scared of. I don't want to buy something crappy just because it's affordable. I'd rather save up for a couple months and get what's going to last. However if there's a decent option that's reasonably priced then what I was saying was that I didn't need the extra bells and whistles. Utilitarian is what I am looking for.

MikePotts, that scope looks interesting, and lots of good reviews. I may just take a chance on that one and risk it. Ultimately I want a Leupold FXii, but it's out of my range. However, I find out this week what my yearly bonus looks like, I might be able to afford it. If not, that Leatherwood is looking mighty tempting. Either way, I appreciate all the suggestions and feedback!

J
That's my suggestion. Save up longer, buy something better. It'll last longer, the clarity and quality will be way higher, and you'll be much happier.

One of the things I've noticed about quality optics is that I can see more clearly (in terms of everything being brighter, not magnification) when I look through the glass than when I look around it. They're usually a lot more tolerant of where exactly you put your eye behind the glass compared to cheaper optics, too.

The Millett I have that's sitting on the desk in front of me, broken (ocular is loose and therefore zero wanders), had distortion near the edges, wasn't very clear in light transmission and when I turned it up to 4X, I had to have my eye placed really precisely behind the optic. The Trijicon Accupoint I replaced it with is clearer, no distortion, and I've got a lot more wiggle room at 4X. And that's on top of me being pretty sure I can beat the snot out of it without having it fail. Did it cost 3x more (with a LaRue mount vs the cheaper SWFA mount) than the Millett? Yep. Is it 3x better? Definitely. And that's not even factoring in the dual illumination on the Trijicon.
 
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M. Sage

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A friend of mine pointed out his rule of thumb for buying scopes - to use a rifle's accuracy to full potential, you should buy optics that are worth as much as the rifle you're putting them on.

...at least as much.
 

Dawico

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Pretty much agreeing with Sage on all counts.

Wait and save. It is cheaper in the long run.

If I could have every dollar back for every cheap scope I bought and trashed I could buy the scope of my dreams.

Atleast come close to what the cost of the rifle was. The rifle is a good investment. The glass should be also.
 

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If I could have every dollar back for every cheap scope I bought and trashed I could buy the scope of my dreams.
I feel the same thing is true of red dots, too. And I like forward-mounted red dots on rifles. Just a thought for the OP.
 

Flewda

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Thanks again guys. I'll hold off on any decision right now and see what comes of my bonus. On that note, then, straying away from my original post does anyone have any recommendations for a nice scout scope then? Something with the long eye relief? :) Thanks again, guys. You rawk!
 
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