Best value for money multi power scope to x20 or x25

Knight6

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Would love some feedback on best value for money scopes as above. I love USO scopes but really pricy. I know you need the best glass you can afford but can't go this high. Use is long range 1000-1500. The new Vortex HD has to be on the list, but who else? I hear stories about SWFA not being very robust, is this true? S&B are out too expensive, maybe NF out as well. So anyone else worth considering?. I see Kahles being mentioned more, any good?

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You're on the right track, but Kahles is as expensive as other premium scopes. Bushnell has some new offerings I hear are good and don't forget Leupold. SFP will save you money, if you shoot known distances. If your budget stretches to $2200, there will be many great options. Used Nightforce could be found here for $2000 or less. I hope you've read the Optics Selection sticky here several times. Also what caliber are you using? 338 will eat you alive in ammo costs.
 

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The Vortex Razor has alot of nice features, excellent reticles and plenty of elevation for the money. Very good glass too. As mentioned you can save money with a SFP scope if FFP isn't needed for your application but if you need FFP look hard at the Vortex.
 

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I am really looking for sub 2K on the scope and also FFP for known and unknown distance. Yes I look at the various optics here but just need advice on makes. I also need illumination as I do twilight and early morning shoots. Not using 338, yet, just 308. Some say that NF are not very durable but I know folks in the military using them so I find that hard to believe. Vortex has been getting some really good reviews I notice. I am not necessarily looking for new so that makes a big difference I would probably try and find the scope on the Hide or other forums. Given this any particular scopes you think I should look for not just make but spec that might come in under 2K? I know I just have to keep looking and wait until the right one comes up but I need to focus on specific scopes and would like to get this down to 2 or 3 types. Leupolds seem to keep their value with Royce's staying high especially for the multi power scopes. So right now I have Vortex Razor on my list, and maybe NF, any others?
 

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Used USO's consistently offer an excellent value. Because of the custom nature of their specs they usualy go for a greater discount used than other makers products. If you allow a little flexibility in your configuration or have a bit of patience you can get USO at very good prices. None of my 3.2-17x or 5-25x purchases ran more than $2k though the 5-25x is hard to find at this price.

I think that the best I have done is 42% off retail and 30% off is the most I ever paid.
 

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I have been pretty impressed by SWFA's SS brand. It has performed very well for me over the last year.
 

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I'm leaning towards the bushy as well, just seems to be the most bang for your buck. I just wish I would've bought one before the 2013 price jump.
 

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Just about everything that I have read about the SWFA SS is positive. The only downside that I've heard of is the illumination bleeding into the reticle on some of them. I guess it's more pronounced on some than it is on others. If you're not looking for an illuminated model then $1299 retail and a bit less used isn't a bad deal at all.
 

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Value? Bushnell 3.5-21x50 G2DMR...

or better yet for new F1 money you can get a Bushnell 4.5-30x50 G2DMR, how is that for value...
 
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thanks all for the input. this has narrowed it down a bit
In case your leaning towards Bushnell. I started a group buy 2 weeks ago. They are all spoken for but in case someone opts out would you be interested? Black XRS 4.5-30x50 $1800+shipping. Chris
 

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Pleistarchus, thanks for the offer, but I am saving to do all this at the moment and have not reached the amount I need, so will have to wait to buy the scope. Also just about to have one of my kids go to college, so about to become a whole lot poorer!!! I have not checked out the Bushys, so will take a look.
 

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In terms of value the Vortex Viper PST, Bushnell Elite, or SWFA SS are about as good as it get. I run a SS on my 6.5 CM and it is an excellent optic. The glass of good quality, it tracks perfectly, the turrets are GTG. My only complaint is that the reticle is not my favorite, but I knew that going in.
 
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Bushnell HDMR. Great scope if you can get past the looks! Hell of a price for what you get!