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I am 58 years old and have been deer hunting for about 48 of those years.
My vision has gotten to the point that I am needing to go with an Illuminated reticle.

I like the 3-9  Leupold VX1 and can easily see a deer in the fields past legal hunting times(30 minutes before and 30 minutes after sunset)but having some difficulty seeing the reticle.

So  am needing a scope with a reticle I can see easily,That has 3.5 to 4 inches of eye relief.

I am not a turret twister just set it and forget it as I use a 6.8 ARP with 18 inch barrel and will not take any shots over 250 yards MAX.

Prefer a duplex with an illuminated dot, not really wanting the whole reticle lit.

I am satisfied with the optical quality of the Leupold VX1 so as long as the optical quality is equal to that scope I will be fine with it.

Prefer a 1 inch tube

Wanting a scope under $300.00

Appreciate some input from those who have used them.




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You ask for much for not much...

Below is 30mm (on the Samplelist), not 1", but the German #4 reticle, illuminated makes it a very good option.  Meets all your other requirements.  It has a low failure rate.  Glass quality is good.  The illuminated center cross is very useful in low light.  I do not have one, but was with a rifle I set up and zeroed for a friend.  He still hunts with it on a Win Model 70 in .270. 

Weaver 2.5-10x56 Classic Extreme Rifle Scope DEMO-B

                 800705, Matte, Illum German #4, 30mm

                  Stock# SPL23270 UPC SPL23270                    

                                                        Only 2 left

                             $299.95


https://samplelist.com/weaver-2-5-10x56-classic-extreme-rifle-scope-demo-b.html



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That Weaver has to be a good low light scope for the money. It's big enough to carry the gun by too.





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You are going to be hard pressed to find something better for under $300, that is for sure. 
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The only thing I know of under $300 I would recommend is that one.... if you can spend more -


https://swfa.com/trijicon-3-9x40-accupower-rifle-scope.html - Red

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https://swfa.com/trijicon-3-9x40-accupower-rifle-scope-11.html - Green



SWFA has good search engine now on their page, you can choose illuminated, price, turret style. etc and even narrow it down by availability.

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I have read some conflicting information on those Classic Extreme's. But I had an early version of the 2.5-10x50 #4 illuminted  and it was a great scope. It was heavy but extremely good in low light hunting situations.

If you can find a used Bushnell 4200 firefly, I have had two of those(2.5-10x40) and they are great(still have one). You can also lightly illuminate that reticle with just a quick flash of a flashlight.


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Get a Leupold VX-R.  It is over your budget and it has a 30mm tube, but you will not regret it.  It will be a nice upgrade optically over your VX-1 and the fire dot illumination is excellent.  They are very nice. 

https://swfa.com/optics/riflescopes.html?brand_model=VX-R


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VX-R 2-7....much smaller and nicer to use.
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The VX-R is a nice scope, but it is quite a bit over his stated budget. 
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The only 1" tube illuminated scope in this price range that I am sorta comfortable recommending is Sig Whiskey 3 with a duplex reticle and illuminated dot/  Both 3-9x40 and 3-9x50 versions are available and the 3-9x40 clocks in right around $300:


Check with SWFA when they are gong to receive more as it looks like it is out of stock now.

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How is the Sig Whiskey's illumination, in comparison to the VX-R? VX-R is excellent, but out of his price range, as noted previously.
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I think VX-R has better illumination overall, but for low light both seem to work well enough

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Just received a VXR scout scope and looking down the garden in the dark it looks good!
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