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I'm looking to upgrade the 20+ year old scope on my 30-06 this year. I am trying to stay around the $200 mark if possible. I have kinda narrowed it down to 3 scopes. The Redfield Revolution, Nikon Prostaff, and the Leupold VX-1. I want either a 3x9-40 or 50mm. I guess I'm looking for opinions on two things. The 40 vs 50mm and a good scope choice. I am also open to other scope brands/models. Thanks in advance for any info.
 

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I like the 50 mm due to light gathering capabilities and I have always had better luck with Leupold Vari X II. Don't know anything about the I. If you could find a store that has all three and a light box to compare them all you will come to your own conclusion. I believe Mikes and Jays used to have one.
 

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I have been doing the same thing with my nearly 40 year old scopes which were all Redfields. Redfield went out of business quite a few years ago and Leupold bought the rights to the name in 2008. I am skittish about buying a Redfield until hear some real experience. I'm afraid they might be the Yugo of Leupolds.

I have three Nikon Prostaffs now and I'm quite happy with the quality vs. price.
 

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I have a scope for sale if tour interest, it's over your price though. If your interested pm me.

Zeiss Conquest 3x10.5x44 1" tube
 

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I have a Leupold VX-1 3-9x40mm that I am very happy with. I have read good things about the Redfield, and the Nikon Prostaff as well. I chose to go with the Leupold over the other 2, mainly due to their reputation and warranty.
 

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i have a nikon prostaff 3x9x50mm i will sell you? i mounted it to my scope, then was given another by my friend, so i took it off. Still have the box. pm if interested.
 

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I have been doing the same thing with my nearly 40 year old scopes which were all Redfields. Redfield went out of business quite a few years ago and Leupold bought the rights to the name in 2008. I am skittish about buying a Redfield until hear some real experience. I'm afraid they might be the Yugo of Leupolds.

I have three Nikon Prostaffs now and I'm quite happy with the quality vs. price.
I have Redfield Revolutions on all my rifles. Fantastic and US made. The Redfield Revenge series is made overseas and I can't vouch for its quality.

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I would go with a 40 objective Nikon or Leup . A 50mm obj is not gonna be much or any better. The average healthy human eye can only use about 5mm of incoming light through scope. It gets less the older as you get like me. So, divide 40 obj by 8 power and you get 5. 50 obj would give you same at 10 power. I dont use power above 8 most of time anyway. Also, I like to mount my scopes as low as I can. I dont think you will find much diff. in that price range. I would go with which one has the best warranty. I own Nikon and Leup and like both.
 

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The optic coatings r the diff. Coated, multicoated or fully multicoated. More the better but more expensive. I personally like the conquest line of scopes but double the money minimum. Good luck with your choice.
 

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I have been thoroughly impressed with my Bushnell Elite that I have on my 30-06. And you can find them in your price range these days.
 

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How 'bout.........

I have a Nikon Pro Staff 3-9X40 w/ BDC,new, never mounted for $160.--- SAWMAN
 

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I have a Bushnell Elite in the 3x9 50mm but I think it was about $350 - IT IS A FANTASTIC SCOPE! I also have a 35 yr old Redfield 2x7 40mm that has been dropped (25ft) and run over by two cars and it never got knocked off and is almost as bright as the Bushnell - pretty sure they dont make 'em like that anymore
 

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I've got a Leupold and a Redfield in 3-9x40. You will still get plenty of light with either scope during legal hunting hours with a 40mm objective. I prefer the Redfield over the Leupold over the sole fact that the Leupold VX-I doesn't have the "click" when adjusting for elevation and windage. That being said the Leupold hasnt lost zero on my 270 Tikka.
 

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Thanks for all the reply's. I'm sure I'm over thinking this, but it never hurts to get real world opinions from hunters in the same general area.
 

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I have a Nikon Pro Staff 3-9X40 w/ BDC,new, never mounted for $160.--- SAWMAN
I have responded to a couple of other PM's concerning scopes for sale. Yours is also on the consideration list. How long have you had the scope and where are you located?
 
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