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Old 12-12-2019, 11:45 AM
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I own two Leupold VX Freedom Rimfire MOA scopes. A 3x9 and a 2x7. I highly recommend them both. I am however bias as I own ALL Leupold's with the exception of one Zeiss and a small collection of old USA El Paso Weaver's. The MOA reticle is really nice IMO. Made in the USA, lifetime warranty and crystal clear.
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Old 12-12-2019, 03:40 PM
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Vortex scopes are tough to beat among the value priced scopes. Lifetime no questions asked warranty and crisp clear optics in your price range. In the $200 range you may want to take a look at the Vortex Diamondback 4-12× BDC reticle. It is a centerfire scope with 100 yard parallax but that shouldn't have any effect if your using it as a hunting rifle.
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Old 12-12-2019, 04:00 PM
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Nikon Scopes are made in the Philippines. Not China
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Old 12-12-2019, 04:10 PM
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Im leaning very heavy to the Leupold rimfire in 3x9.... Nikon second.. vortex third... The leupold looks bones bare for 200 bucks... i just wonder how much of that money is just for the gold ring at the end.... or a name...
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Old 12-12-2019, 04:41 PM
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That gold ring and name mean higher value retention down the road. Also, all lifetime warranties are not equal. Leupold's is the best, in my experience. Buying from a reputable dealer will avoid the fakes...and most of the fakes were on higher-end scopes. But you should ask yourself, "Why do the Leupolds get faked so much?"

As good as others can be, I am almost exclusively a Leupold guy, for value retention, warranty, and aesthetics; they just look right to me.

You asked for opinions.

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Old 12-12-2019, 05:09 PM
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yes.. I'm thinking about value retention as well... nothing beats Leupold for that. Buyer sees the name is thinks .. wow.. this is a nice gun...
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Old 12-12-2019, 06:35 PM
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Since everyone is giving their opinions, for $200, Clearidge or Nikon.
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Old 12-12-2019, 07:50 PM
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I've got both the Nikon and Leupold 2x7 rimfire scopes. Both work great. But if you force me to pick one, it would be the Leupold. Clearer glass, finer cross hairs. Don't think you would go wrong with rather of them. With Nikon stoping production of scopes, they might be difficult to find. Hope that helps.
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Old 12-12-2019, 08:23 PM
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If you are determined to stay under $200, check out the Burris Fullfield II 4.5-14x42 if that's enough magnification for you, and if 50 yards is actually close enough for minimum parallax-free (focus). I have a few of these Burris scopes, along with several other scopes that cost up to $400-$500 street price (including Vortex, multiple Sightron models, Clearidge, Redfield Revolution, and several Weaver models) and have compared them all carefully. NONE are better than the Burris, optically, and there is no better no-questions-asked warranty than Burris. And the Burris Ballistic Plex reticle is a great all-around choice, IME.
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Old 12-12-2019, 08:44 PM
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Vortex Crossfire II 6-24 x 50 AO listed for sale in classifieds.

https://vortexoptics.com/vortex-cros...ex_reticle=978
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:21 PM
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Nikon is hands down the best choice. They make an amazing scope that fits (exactly) your needs. (and you save $75.00)
https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/niko...ii-rifle-scope

Muller scopes are pure GARBAGE.
Those Prostaff ii have gone up. BPS had them down to $109 for a long time. Maybe they will again after Christmas. The Nikon rimfire EFR was down to $130 for a while and it is back up to $190.
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:50 PM
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The Nikon Prostaff ii and Leupold Freedom are close for optical clarity. The Leupold eye box is much more forgiving which is valuable for a hunting scope with quick shots and varying layers of clothing.

If you can find the old model Vortex Diamondback, it came in a 4-12x40 AO. They were made in the Philippines instead of China. The Crossfire ii is surprisingly clear and bright for a Chinese scope. The Vortex line will be heavier than the comparable Leupold if you’re worried about ounces.

I also recommend looking at Burris for a $200 scope. They are good quality and clear. Several of their reticles are too cluttered for hunting use.
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Old 12-12-2019, 10:46 PM
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Look at Hawke scopes.
I like the only one I have, springer proof IMA. Course I do have 5 Leupolds in the mix.

Whats it gonna be Clint? Lots of good info from users.
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Old 12-13-2019, 02:41 AM
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Leopold Freedom 3-9x40

After going through two defective Crossfire II scopes I purchased a Leapold Freedom scope. It is a bare bones type of scope but the glass is very clear. They didn't cut the quality on the glass on this scope. I like the reticle as well. I zeroed it at 50 yards and the reticle enables me to shoot at 100 yards and beyond. Check one out.
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Old 12-13-2019, 04:57 AM
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if you go with leupold, they will repair -replace as long as they are around. by the way they have been around for close to 75 years with out going tits up, not like all the other scope makers that fell by the wayside over the last 75 years. a small tidbit, I sent in a leupold pioneer 4x made in the 50,s and I may have been the 10th or so owner and leupold sent me a FX11 4x new scope at no charge including return shipping. I know of no other scope maker who would do that with one of their 50-60 year old scopes

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