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I'm looking for a recommendation for a 1-4x hunting scope. This is a woods gun, almost no chance of shooting further than 200 yards.

I'm contemplating sticking to open sights, and the selection of low magnification scopes I've found during my own searching hasn't exactly dissuaded me.

My priorities for this riflescope:

Speed of target acquisition
Optical quality
Simplicity
Weight
Cost


I prefer a #4 reticle, but I could be talked into another style of simple reticle. I don't particularly want an illuminated reticle. I'd like to stay under $800 and have a propensity for seeking best value rather than best overall. Rifle will be a 7lb or less lever gun. Exact model and caliber still tbd.

Thanks in advance.
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I suggest you expand your search a little and get one of these:


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Thanks koshkin. Last time I was looking at scopes (about 5 years ago) 5x erectors were still exhibiting some nasty traits at the ends of their ranges. I'm assuming, based on your recommendation, that these problems have mostly been overcome.

I don't remember the details, but I do recall specifically choosing a ZA-3 over a ZA-5 based on your reviews and recommendations. Glad to see you're still contributing around here.

Thanks again, I'll check out that vortex.
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Hey, Might I make the recommendation for the Steiner P4Xi. The reticle is fairly close to a #4, and it offers Excellent glass and day time bright illumination. You can watch my video review of it here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mGr17gDZ0A&t
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True 2x is usually wide enough on the low end. Less is only really useful on very close running shots. Instead of regarding magnification as the criteria, we would be better off considering field of view and image size within the ocular. 

1.5-6x40 is the classic answer, but 40mm can get a little high on a gun with a stock made for iron sights. I think the above Vortex is the modern version. A VX-R 2-7x with FireDot is another good match. 

I agree there isn't much value over $500 on a point and shoot deer scope; especially since you'll want to refresh after several years.
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Originally posted by lackskill lackskill wrote:

Thanks koshkin. Last time I was looking at scopes (about 5 years ago) 5x erectors were still exhibiting some nasty traits at the ends of their ranges. I'm assuming, based on your recommendation, that these problems have mostly been overcome.

I don't remember the details, but I do recall specifically choosing a ZA-3 over a ZA-5 based on your reviews and recommendations. Glad to see you're still contributing around here.

Thanks again, I'll check out that vortex.

5x erectors are pretty mature now and the little Vortex is exceedingly well optimized.

ILya
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