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I stumbled on OpticsTalk while googling reviews on various scopes, and decided to join.  

I have a Savage .270 that came with a cheapy Bushnell 3-9x40.  It's worked for a few years but sucks at low light.  So now I'm shopping for a replacement.

After reading probably every review written or videoed in the last 3 years on about a dozen different scopes, I've narrowed down my options to either a Sightron S-TAC 3-16x42 MOA3 reticle, or a Sig Sauer Whiskey 3 4-12x50 Hellfire Triplex or Quadplex.  

I've read good reviews of the glass clarity in the Sightron, but I really like the lighted Hellfire reticle of the Sig.  I'm a little torn between the two.

Sure, I wish I could just spring for a Sightron SIII or similar, but funds are limited right now.  And I want to have this for hog hunting next month and deer in October.  

Opinions on these?
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 Glad to have you.

 

Those are two good scopes.   We have lots of knowledgeable guys here.  Are you for sure stuck on those two?  

 

If not whats your max budget?   We can always recommend you some options that may not have crossed your mind.

 

one of our experts here Koshin has a site - opticsthoughts.com.   have you visited it? lots of good reviews.

if you not opposed to used there are some killer deals that a member by the name of 338lapuaslap has some used sightrons for sale - check it out here - http://opticstalk.com/update-and-gunbroker-auctions_topic45055_post691052.html?KW=#691052

 

Also SWFA has the www.samplelist.com that has used, trade-ins and demos for good prices as well.  Plus SWFA offers a 110% price guarantee if you find a better price, email them.

 

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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

 Glad to have you.

 

Those are two good scopes.   We have lots of knowledgeable guys here.  Are you for sure stuck on those two?  

 


Here's the original short list I came up with:  Vortex Strike Eagle 3-18x44, Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-16x44, Athlon Midas BTR 2.5-15x50, Nikon Prostaff 7 3-12x42 or 4-16x42, or Leupold VX-R 3-9x40.  And obviously the Sightron and Sig.

I'm open to some other options.

I really want to stay below $400.  I have $200 in Amazon gift cards that I'm going to use.  I know some other place might be a little cheaper, but free money is free money.
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I would look to one with out to many bells and whistles.  You will get an overall better quality scope with better optics by doing that.  Lower priced scopes with lots of bells and whistles are often not that great of a scope.
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Sightron's MOA3 is not the best hunting reticle out there, so between your two original options I would lean toward Whiskey3.  It will work much better for you in low light.

If you decide to step up in price a little, this is a really good deal:  https://swfa.com/vortex-2-10x40-razor-hd-lh-rifle-scope-3.html

ILya

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I just found a new local gun shop I never knew existed.  This could be dangerous!  

Anyway, ran over there at lunch and they had the Vortex Viper HS 4-16x44.  Yea, I need to scrape together some extra change and get this one.  I really liked it.  Turrets had a nice solid click, no mush.  Very, very slight play, but considering the price not unexpected.  Glass was very good, reticle very clear.  

So, worth $100 more than Sig and Sightron?  Maybe so.  Why does scope shopping have to be so dang hard?  Confused
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It ain't.  Buy a VX-R or VX-5 and get on with your life.
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Viper HS 4-16x44 is fairly decent scope for what it is, but the Razor HD I linked above runs circle around it (and then some) for more or less the same money while it is on sale.  The difference is especially pronounced if you go to low light conditions.

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Welcome to OT, Notenuftoys! I can definitely relate to your handle, sir!

If you don't mind me asking, where in North Texas do you hail from? I grew up in NE Texas, about 50 miles north of Tyler.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Welcome to OT, Notenuftoys! I can definitely relate to your handle, sir!

If you don't mind me asking, where in North Texas do you hail from? I grew up in NE Texas, about 50 miles north of Tyler.

Sorry, it's been a busy weekend so I'm just checking back in.  I'm in one of the northern DFW suburbs, just north of the airport.  Lived in this area all my life.  
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 your close enough to SWFA to run by and look through a bunch of scopes..... Worth the trip to their retail store!

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Uh oh, this is not good.  Not good at all.  Wink

It's 55 minutes away, according to google maps.  I just might take a run down there Saturday.  

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 If you buy something tell them to make sure I get the commission.... kidding of course.  They will treat you great. they will even help you mount the scope there I believe.
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Originally posted by notenuftoys notenuftoys wrote:

Uh oh, this is not good.  Not good at all.  Wink

It's 55 minutes away, according to google maps.  I just might take a run down there Saturday.  


Here is what I suggest you do: take your driver's license and whatever amount of money you are willing to spend in cash.  Leave all credit cards at home.  Going to that place is like going to a drug dealer.  You'll be roaming around the store for hours muttering under you noise things like "for just a little more, this one is even nicer..."

ILya
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Originally posted by notenuftoys notenuftoys wrote:

Uh oh, this is not good.  Not good at all.  Wink

It's 55 minutes away, according to google maps.  I just might take a run down there Saturday.  



Here is what I suggest you do: take your driver's license and whatever amount of money you are willing to spend in cash.  Leave all credit cards at home.  Going to that place is like going to a drug dealer.  You'll be roaming around the store for hours muttering under you noise things like "for just a little more, this one is even nicer..."

ILya


Great, I’m like a 20hr drive and want to go now.
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