Old Swede, you write a pretty good post and bring up some very good points! I think it might be worth noting that a .17 rim-fire being recoilless allows us to use lesser priced scopes with good results. There is NEVER anything wrong with quality but I think sometimes the Law of Diminishing Returns comes into play. The $600 scope might be required and absolutely necessary on a military sniper rifle or even for hunting dangerous game in inclimate climates but my guess is that for the relatively modest needs of a .17HMR shooter, one could do as well for a WHOLE lot less. I'm talking about making hits say out to 200 yards on small varmints. A $150 is NOT equal to a $600 scope as you said and I agree with you 100% but I seriously doubt that a $600 scope would give me (or anyone else) a 4x advantage over one of $150. Would it have an edge? Yes, it would. Would that edge make a difference in hits? Perhaps in some cases it possibly might? Enough to warrant a 4x difference in price? For some, I respect the fact that it would but for me, on a .17HMR (or any other rim-fire), I believe that if I couldn't make the hits with the $150, the scope is likely NOT my fault---the fault would lie elsewhere (namely that guy I look at in the mirror every morning)! Good post Swede! ---- MikeOldSwede said:The really useful thread that runs through all of these reply posts is: Look through more than one before you buy. Keep these in mind:
1. You get what you pay for, generally.
2. Your eyes are different, and probably better, than mine.
3. $150 scopes are NOT equal to $600. scopes. They may be very close, but they are NOT equal.
4. What is important to me may not be to you. I like mult-coated optics, "click" adjustments and AO, for example. Maybe you couldn't care less.
There are many fine values to be had; make a list of features you like and do your homework. Check your local gunshops and try a few of them, side by side. Buy the very best you can afford. Mount it in Burris Signature Zee rings, so when you want to trade up, it won't be all scarred up. Enjoy.