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I've always heard a scope should cost as much as the rifle you are putting it on but money doesn't grow on trees and if it did my kids would climb that tree and take it anyway. I want a decent scope to put on my 6.8 but can't afford more than $300. I'd like something with a 12 or 14 magnification but I'm not dead set on that. Mostly target shooting and hunting. Any suggestions?
 

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IMO, the best budget scopes are the Vortex or Primary Arms scopes. Take a look at the Crossfire II or Diamondbacks on the Vortex website. You'll probably find one that suits your needs. Their warranty is great.
 

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Redfield Revolution without a doubt. Very clear and bright, lifetime warranty, built by Leupold and well under $300.
 

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+1 to the Vortex brand...I have 3 and have been very pleased with them...and the lifetime warranty can't be beat. Just to throw out another option you may check out the Leupold Mark AR 3-9x40...I have used that scope (but have never owned one) and thought it was quite good for the money...a little less upper-end magnification than you mentioned but it definitely pairs well with an AR IMO.
 

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Try Optics Planet Burris Full Field II 3-9 Illuminated Ballistic Plex E1 = $298.49

one drawback is the wt. of 13oz. good luck
 

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A Leupold VX-1 is barely any money more than a Redfeild. After handling both the VX-1 is smoother and nicer.
Ebay has a ton.
Optics Planet, free ship and 10% discount code floating around here from a member.
Or look for used, both backed by Leupy for life
 

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I was looking for a scope primarily for target/load development/could take hunting, with a similar budget. Just picked up a 4-16x42 Vortex Diamondback HP, comes with a v-plex reticle on sale from Cabelas for $249.99. Looks like a good scope for the money. Nice glass, 80 MOA adjustment (per website), "side focus/parallax adjustment", and FWIW comes with an optional sunshade. Add a pair of Burris Signature Zee rings and I should be good to go within the $300 mark.

The scope
http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/vortex-diamondback-hp-4-16x42-riflescope-with-v-plex-moa-reticle

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shooting/Optics/Riflescopes|/pc/104792580/c/104752080/sc/104535180/Vortexreg-Diamondback-HP-1-Riflescopes/1777160.uts?destination=/catalog/browse/riflescopes/vortex/_/N-1100246+4294749857/Ne-4294749857/Ns-CATEGORY_SEQ_104535180?WTz_st=GuidedNav&WTz_stype=GNU#BVRRWidgetID

Burris Signature Zee rings, just cause I like em

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_15?url=search-alias=sports-and-fitness&field-keywords=burris+signature+zee+rings&sprefix=burris+signatur,aps,190

Although lower power, for hunting with an AR based 6.8 I picked up a Minox ZA 5 HD 1.2-6x24 for $299.99 this summer. That's less for a new one than Camera Land gets for their demos. Has a duplex reticle, very nice glass, seems solidly built but I haven't hunted with it yet...

http://www.amazon.com/Minox-66400-Minox-Plex-Reticule-1-2-6x/dp/B00I2OSTZ4/ref=sr_1_7?s=hunting-fishing&ie=UTF8&qid=1440183255&sr=1-7&keywords=minox+scope
 

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Did you mention the power you need? The 3-9 x 44 and 50 scopes are the most numerous out there. The Nikon P223 has better light transmission that their more expensive M series.

The 3-9 are almost always the least expensive of any brands scopes.
 

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Another vote for Vortex. No questions asked warranty is amazing. Doesn't matter if you accidentally break it, they will fix it.
 

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I was looking for a scope primarily for target/load development/could take hunting, with a similar budget. Just picked up a 4-16x42 Vortex Diamondback HP, comes with a v-plex reticle on sale from Cabelas for $249.99. Looks like a good scope for the money. Nice glass, 80 MOA adjustment (per website), "side focus/parallax adjustment", and FWIW comes with an optional sunshade. Add a pair of Burris Signature Zee rings and I should be good to go within the $300 mark.

The scope
http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/vortex-diamondback-hp-4-16x42-riflescope-with-v-plex-moa-reticle

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shooting/Optics/Riflescopes|/pc/104792580/c/104752080/sc/104535180/Vortexreg-Diamondback-HP-1-Riflescopes/1777160.uts?destination=/catalog/browse/riflescopes/vortex/_/N-1100246+4294749857/Ne-4294749857/Ns-CATEGORY_SEQ_104535180?WTz_st=GuidedNav&WTz_stype=GNU#BVRRWidgetID

Burris Signature Zee rings, just cause I like em

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_15?url=search-alias=sports-and-fitness&field-keywords=burris+signature+zee+rings&sprefix=burris+signatur,aps,190

Although lower power, for hunting with an AR based 6.8 I picked up a Minox ZA 5 HD 1.2-6x24 for $299.99 this summer. That's less for a new one than Camera Land gets for their demos. Has a duplex reticle, very nice glass, seems solidly built but I haven't hunted with it yet...

http://www.amazon.com/Minox-66400-Minox-Plex-Reticule-1-2-6x/dp/B00I2OSTZ4/ref=sr_1_7?s=hunting-fishing&ie=UTF8&qid=1440183255&sr=1-7&keywords=minox+scope
Why is the scope on sale 10oz when most of there other scopes are 15oz and up? Seems the only difference is the reticle?
 

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My elderly spring loaded postal scale reads 19oz for the scope purchased at Cabelas.
 

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Redfield Revolution without a doubt. Very clear and bright, lifetime warranty, built by Leupold and well under $300.
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I have a Revolution 4-12x40, and it's a great scope, with very clear glass.

I've always used Nikon's, but my Redfield is lighter, and has better glass.
 
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