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Looking for a sub $2000 rifle scope

Discussion in 'Optics' started by Kara Robert, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Kara Robert

    Kara Robert New Member

    Sep 14, 2017
    New York
    I'm in the market for a scope for scar 17. Rifle will see bench shooting only. Primarily 300 meters with a few trips a year to stretch to 800 ish unless I can find a spot to go beyond 1000. Rifle will never be hunted with. Currently it wears a vortex 4-16×44 viper which has held up well but the optical clarity is just not there. I also have a leupold vx5hd 3-15 which has excellent glass but I'm wanting something with more magnification.
    I've been looking into zeiss conquest v4 6-24 and leupold vx3i 6.5-20 lrp and night force SHV 6-20x56. I have zero experience with sightron other than my binoculars which are a decent product. What else should I be looking into for under $2000? Optical clarity is the biggest factor to me. I would like to potentially go to a few shooting matches in my lifetime but I will never be a serious competitor.

    What are your suggestions?

  2. Younggun

    Younggun Doer of Deeds TGT Supporter Admin

    Jul 31, 2011
    hill co.
    I like the SWFA 5-20X50. Shot with one a while back but don't own one. Probably would if I would quite spending the money I put back for it.

    Also like the Vortex Razor. The Gen 1 can be had in your price range. Great warranty but I don't think it has as much vert adjustment as the SWFA.

    Lots of options out there. Those are the two I had on my short list though.

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  3. FireInTheWire

    FireInTheWire Hold me beer and watch this TGT Supporter

    Jan 22, 2018
    Big Country
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  4. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    Leupold Mk 5 HD in 5-25x is what you want.
  5. robertc1024

    robertc1024 Test Test Test TGT Supporter

    Jan 22, 2013
    San Marcos
    I bought a SWFA SS HD 5-20x50 a while ago that YG was talking about. The glass is super clear. I wish the reticle was a bit thinner, but its tracking is spot on.
  6. IXLR8

    IXLR8 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    May 19, 2009
    Republic of Texas
    I am sure someone on here will find one that is $1999.99
    I have confidence in them.
  7. robertc1024

    robertc1024 Test Test Test TGT Supporter

    Jan 22, 2013
    San Marcos
    Mine was $1420 with tax.
  8. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Member

    Aug 2, 2008
    North Texas
    The Athlon Cronus series will give you what you want for under $2k. I have one mounted on one of my bolt actions,and it doesn't give much up when compared to the $3k scopes that I have on other rifles
    It has a great reticles,and tracks very well. I've shot out to a mile with it,and it tracked excellent.

    A used Vortex Razor Gen 2, Kahles K624i or Nightforce can be found for around $2k.

    If you don't want or need a First Focal Plane reticle,the Sightron SIII scopes will serve you very well. I have four of the 6-24x50 SIII's,they track with the best scopes,and the glass is pretty good too.
  9. HKShooter65

    HKShooter65 Well-Known

    I have trouble following rigid parameters.
    And I excel at helping other guys spend money.

    Hence my recommendation of a $2,028 scope (on Amazon).
    Nightforce NSX Tactical 5.5-22x50
    I have one and I love it.

    Jump up to their NSX 8-32x56 that Chris Kyle purportedly used for a mere $2,125.
    I don't have one but will eventually.

    Definitely are some of those scopes that radiates "drop me on a rock and I'll be fine".

    Few of us need more than a 3.5-15x for hunting. 8-32's skinny field of view is a liability for most game outings but you did say you seek something for 800-1000 shooting.
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  10. Talltsupply

    Talltsupply New Member

    Jan 6, 2019
    Oak Ridge
    Athlon Cronus are great scopes. Can’t beat them for the money!

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