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  • I’m getting my first rifle soon, looking for some help on buying optics.

     Trent updated 11 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 10 Posts
  • Trent

    June 14, 2021 at 3:31 am

    I’m getting a tikka t3x lite 7mm, I’m new to hunting but have always had guns. I’m basically wondering what I can get a decent scope for? I’ve seen some scopes for more than the rifle I’m getting… I know very little about any optics. But I was hoping for something around $500 . I’ve had people mention a few thousand for a scope lol

  • harrowclub310

    June 14, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Look at the new Leupold VX3-HD.

  • BoostinDubs

    June 14, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Plan on spending as much on optics as you did on the rifle. It’s the most important part of the setup. Leupold is a solid brand.

  • ElkShot5082

    June 14, 2021 at 3:31 am

    What kind of environment or what distances are you going to use it in? I’ve seen people spend thousands on a new scope for long range stuff and low light stuff.
    Most of my scopes are $600 or less, geared more for sub 300 yards at last light, that kind of thing. 30mm tube, 50mm objective, normally lowish magnification say 3-9 or 4-12.

  • chapmanpt

    June 14, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Things to consider when scope shopping:

    Environment/topography for magnification – If you’re hunting in thick undergrowth you don’t need high power magnification. 2-10, or 3-9 will be just fine. You could do a 4-12 but I wouldn’t go higher than that.
    If you’re hunting wide open country then 4-12, 4-16, or a 5-18 would be good. If you plan on hunting varmints you might want higher then that even. Just remember that you can have too much magnification that you can’t find your target.

    Cost- The old adage of “spend twice on the scope as the gun” is an old one from days before computers ran the production process. Now days as long as you stick with a well known and reputable company the $500 range you stated will get you a great optic. I always recommend looking at Burris, Leupold, and Vortex.

    Reticles- Don’t let the new craze of fancy reticles sucker you. There is a reason that a simple duplex has been the choice for a large amount of hunters even still today. To get the most out of one look into the Point Blank Range method. You will be greatly surprised how effective one of these so called “out dated” reticles is.
    That said if you want a more complex reticle make sure you do your research and get one that matches the two previous mentioned points. But most importantly will work with your calibers trajectory. Learning to use a BDC reticle takes time and patience at the range to be effective with it.

    Try it out- Go to a few local stores and put your eye through a few. Looking at specs doesn’t tell you how you will like it. I have gone several times thinking I knew what I wanted only to be disappointed when I actually looked through the glass. Your eyes are different then anyone else’s so let them tell you what you like.

  • raz0rsnak3

    June 14, 2021 at 3:31 am

    A $500 price point (or less) scope from Leupold or Vortex should fit your needs. I have a Leupold 3×9 40mm and I love it.

    I would also look into flip up lens covers for your scope. I hunt in New England and it’s great for keeping dirt/snow off your lens, and you can pop them up as you quickly shoulder your rifle.

  • Senalmoondog

    June 14, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Most People will recommend a 3-9x being the most versatile but I say

    1,5-6x or 2-7x

    You can Still shoot further out with low magnification

    Its harder to shoot close with high magnification

  • hunt_fish_love_420

    June 14, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Vortex has not let me down, very pleased with every product I have and never spent more than 500

  • lawlawlandrover

    June 14, 2021 at 3:31 am

    7mm Rem Mag? That’s a big caliber for such a light gun, especially a first rifle. IMHO you’d be better off with a 270, getting 95% of the performance but like 60% of the recoil and noise

  • Mr-nippy

    June 14, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Many folks recommend spending about the same amount of $ on your scope as you did on your rifle, and i don’t think that’s bad advice. Leupold scopes are always a good option, even for their lower priced options. If youre new to hunting you can get a less expensive lower mag scope until youre comfortable taking longer distance shots on whatever youre hunting.

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