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  • short range deer scope???

    seems like my eastern deer hunting will be confined to small spaces, close to my truck.


    So shots will be 80 yards at most...probably some 25-50 yards.

    After last week hunting like this, I realize my 3.5-10x leupold isn't a good choice.

    Seems the 2-7x or 1.5-4.5x or 1-4x would be what I need.

    So many of the scope are now called AR or AK models and have busy jibber-jabber reticiles.

    Would like a straight x-hair or a lonely post.


    Any suggestions?

  • #2
    I have had good luck with Leupold. I like 2x7, but a lot of manufactures don't make a 2x7. Inside 100 yards a good 1-4 would work well. Everybody is making scope for AR / three gun with a reticle that is way to busy. And I wish they would stop with the illuminated reticle, they are a waste of resources 90% of the time. For hunting a duplex or basic crosshair is a better option. you need to watch the weight on some of models. a scope on a hunting rifle should not way 1.5 pounds, half that is a good weight. Optic Planet is a good website for there search function. Amazon can be cheaper option. If the scope is on a rifle that matters my choice is a Leupold. on fun guns I go cheaper sometimes.

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    • #3
      Have you considered a straight power scope. My Leupold 6X focuses great at 25-40 yds, used it for a long time until started with variables. Or a 4X.
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      • #4
        Field of view is my problem on the 4+ powers. lots of trees where I hunt and little time to find a deer that is even slowly walking in the stuff.

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        • #5
          Try a red dot. I use the Aimpoint Patrol Rifle, excellent. Great field of view. You can also get a 2X magnifier.
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          • #6
            My favorite <100 yd hunting,plinking,practice is a 1-4X20 Luepold. With a plain duplex. Mounted in as low of rings as can be had. Got a cpl of them.

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            • #7
              Bear, I just bought an Athlon scope on a friend's advice. Their scopes run from $1200 down to just over $100. I actually bought one of the $130 3-12x40 side focus scopes for a gun that I'm working on and didn't want to invest a fortune until I address the gun's capabilities. The light drawing ability and general performance of the scope are amazing. I see that they have two 1-4X24 scopes with 30mm tubes. One is 169.99 and one is 299.99, both at Midway. The $299 scope is Side focus. As Crockett predicted, the crosshairs are a bit busy but workable. Here's a link: Be sure to watch the included video.

              https://www.midwayusa.com/product/29...-reticle-matte

              and another:

              https://www.midwayusa.com/product/10...-reticle-matte

              Graf and Son has an assortment of 1-4X24s too.

              https://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog...eywords=1-4X24
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              • #8
                Nikon Prostaff 2-7x32
                Vortex Crossfire II 2-7x32

                Both are around 150.

                Leupold VX Freedome is a 1.5-4x20 if you're trying to stay very very compact like a modern AR scope, but has a duplex reticle and no funny stuff. It's around 200.

                I've been looking for a compact objective bell to minimize how much I have to turn down/grind my brother's ugly-03 that's half sporterized bolt handle that he wants me to finish sporterizing.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DesertMarine View Post
                  Try a red dot. I use the Aimpoint Patrol Rifle, excellent. Great field of view. You can also get a 2X magnifier.
                  Seriously, for 100 yards and under,, THIS is possibly the best idea yet.

                  The Dot is usually several MOA (adjustable for size though by replacement, within limits), that becomes a problem at long range as it covers maybe 4, 6, 8 inches of target, but under 100 yards, heck, even a big honking 4MOA dot is only 2" wide at 50 yards.

                  For under 100 yards, I'd forgo the magnifier myself.

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                  • #10
                    The Airmpoint is good up to 200 meters and possibly more. I can hit 6"-8" gongs at 200 meters easy. haven't tried any further.
                    For me one of the selling points was that Airmpoints have been battle tested and proven.
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                    • #11
                      Like Crocket I like my Leupold 2x7. I can acquire a target fairly fast for a scope at 2. I'm not pleased with top end eye relief but I think that's standard and I never go high anyway. Also a scout scope or a red dot site may work better and/or help you get a follow up shot faster.

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                      • #12
                        I use a Nikon P223 fixed 3X, for my Henry 22. Has been a great close quarters scope. Obviously I wouldn't be using that for deer but I wouldn't have an issue putting it on a 243 either.
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                        • #13
                          Natchez Shooters supply has several Leupold lower power scopes on sale right now. Some are over 1/2 off.

                          https://outdoors.natchezss.com/searc...iew=grid&srt=0
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                          • #14
                            If you could find an old El Paso K2.5 Weaver in good shape it would do you a good job.

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