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Old May 10th, 2013, 07:26 AM   #1
 
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optics for the American .308

Hey guys just got the American .308 and I'm looking for a scope for my rifle. Does anybody have any good ideas.



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What price range are you looking at? Two great options that are rather affordable are the Redfield Revolution and Redfield Rebel. You can get them in 2-7x or 3-9x, and you may be able to get them in 4-12x. They're owned by Leupold and have Leupolds lifetime guarantee.
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For me, it's anything made by Leupold.
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If you can't afford Leopold Nikon Prostaff 3 x 9s are getting very good reviews. usually priced around $179 but you can find them for $159 on sale.
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Congrats on the .308; the boys have provided good recommendations. If you're looking for something that has a lifetime warranty, also consider Alpen... Last review I read, gave it good range/field review...
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What's your budget.
Leupold puts out great gear.
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Cabela's has a very good deal online right now for their Nikon Buckmasters Series Riflescopes.

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Hey guys,
My price range is around $200, its my first bolt action. So right now I on budget, so I can spend to much.
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Redfield Revenge series is very good as well, congrats on the rifle!
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The MSRP is about $249 for the 3-9x Redfield, but I see them at LGS's for about $200. The 2-7x's MSRP is $229 and should end up well within your price limit. Redfield Revolution Riflescopes

Now, the Revenge is cheaper yet: http://redfield.com/redfield-revenge/#

Leupold owns them, and they come with Leupold's lifetime guarantee. Hard to go wrong there.

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I had a Nikon 3-9 BDC Prostaf and got .7 @ 100 yds and les than 1.2 @200 with Hornady 150 gr handloads in my .308 American Rifle. I've since returned the 3-9 to the Mini 14 and installed a 4.5 to 14 Nikon on it now.
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Since you're in Ohio, check out SWFA. Their prices are about the best you'll find and the only thing that would stop me from buying from them is the taxes I'd have to pay since they are based in Texas.
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Thx the SWFA is a good site. also what was your grouping with the 4x14 scope
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Go to the Library forum on this site and read the sticky called "Scope Dope"

Doesnt help with the cost, but a great article on scopes.
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I love Leupold, and that is what my long range rifle wears. I can't spend that much dough on my other rifles, so i go with Nikon. After working with a Nikon Buckmaster 3x9 scope on a .338 WM working up elk loads, dialing up MOA dope out to 600 and back down to zero at 100 over and over after working up a load, the little $180 scope surely impressesed me, and i have no problem using another Nikon.

If i had the money, each of my guns would wear a correctly suited Leupold, however being on a tight budget, i have no problems with the Nikons, or the Redfields, which as Trigger said, are Leupold made. If i was going to get a Redfield, i would stick with the Revolution line, as they are the American sourced and made scopes, while the Revenge line are made overseas.
Good luck, enjoy!

P.S. Save yourself some trouble and put Loc-tite (The removable strength) on your bases when you install them on the rifle, and do NOT over tighten the rings on the scope tube.
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