Is A Cheap Optic Viable For Most Hunting Applications?

Primary Arms and Vortex are great budget brands, imo. I dont/wont tke shots out past 300ish yards though. For long range guys (600+ yards) glass quality probably matters more.

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I have Louepold Burris and Nikon scopes on my rifles.

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NO JOKE THERE!

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can i ask you, what reasons caused you to give up completely… also, do you think you would have given up and feel the same if you had 3/4 the income you do now? 2/3? 1/2? i think that later questions is a big reason people gravitate toward something cheaper that will fit bare minimum needs.

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TBH ive been on both ends of the spectrum, I gave up when i was making the least amount of money because I had to keep rebuying optics… quick math revealed a pawn shop high end would last longer for the same money.

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yep, two great brands for the price, for sure and agree, for game, 300 is about my max. though i have witnessed 800 yard shots on game and things turn out fine. if you are talking 600+, especially 800+ yeah, correct again, quality it going to be where it is at, hard to get it done with an el cheapo.

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that is interesting, guess some people are lucky at some things, some aren’t. i have had just about the same amount of high end stuff fail as low end… for the job at hand anyway.

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What are you considering high end? Just name or name & model? ( higher-end names still make crap level models as well as high quality models)

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this it true, but, everything i have had fail that i would consider high end, regardless of model, should have been leaps and bounds better than something like Barska, Sightmark, etc. i can’t recall models but have had Trijicon, Leupold and Zeiss take a dump on me before.

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Maybe ive been fortunate. All my Leupold scopes are in the $1200 & up range, never an issue, 6 of them. I’ve got more budget friendly scopes, 5 or 6 NIKON 's but most are their higher quality models, Monarch & Tactical model line. Never failed. A few Bushnell Elite scopes, 1 Ziess, 1 Swarovski, Leica, Shepard, no problemo. Only scope I ever had an issue with was a used Burris scope from my dad. Cross hairs floating around. But, that was due to him dropping his rifle out of a tree. I sent that in & got fixed under warranty.

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yep, i have told people the same things about this brand or that which i have never had trouble with while they have nothing but headaches… this type of conversation happens all the time, just part of the gun culture. end of the day, use what works, what you like and what you can afford… i won’t for a second say any of those brands you mention are junk cuz they are not.

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Agree. Same deal with firearms, vehicles etc.

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absolutely 100%

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are we gonna have an argument on my scopes better than yours cause I paid ten times more than you or what?

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well, what you paid really has nothing to do with it now does it. i mean you “could” pay $5,000 for a scope that has a $200 MSRP. that said, those scopes with a higher MSRP are typically better than those that are cheaper… realistically better, not ten times better. but then again, “better” is subjective depending on use. so to tell someone your scope is “better” when the cheaper one they have does what they need to do is sorta silly. i mean my wife is awesome, right? doesn’t nag me about guns i buy, in fact she encourages it. she is in no way one of these wild new fangled feminist chicks either, she is a old school lady. so should i be telling someone with a wife that does nag them they should trade up? heck no, if she does it for you, get after it bro, wish you a long life of happiness with her. LOL

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I’m just here to stir up trouble, I have no guns or scopes. I stole the pics from google. I voted for Hillary too.:dnc:

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and i got some ocean front property in arizona too!

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I have a sportview Bushnell I purchased about 1974 still works. LoL that seems durable to me.

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Had a old Burris handgun scope that the real fine crosshair with a dot broke. They don’t even make that one anymore. They sent me a new scope. My 454 is kind of rough on glass. On the other hand I have a 30 year old Bushnell 3x9 that has been on countless guns and still does a fine job. Old weaver j4’s on my rimfires.

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Sometime in the mid 70s I bought a $39 Weaver for my 30-06. I hadn’t used it for years and my son took it out of the safe a few years agbo and it was still right on. The only bad thing about it is that is is not a large scope and doesn’t let in a lot of light. Now I buy Nikon. To me they are the best bang for the buck.

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