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    Scope recommendations please. low power, in close

    Hi All,
    Just want to see what's out and about locally available and what others are using.

    I'm after something like a 1-4 or 1.5-6 x24 type of scope for short range action shooting goats and pigs in a light carbine lever action.
    most shooting would be under 50 mt standing but still want to take the odd shot out at 200 mtr.
    Would like to stay under $500.
    Have previously used a 2.5x euro post and rail scope which was awesome for rapid acquisition and in poor light the very crisp black and large reticale was easy to see.
    Think I would like a German #4 or possibly an illuminated dot for low light.

    I like Nikon monarch line but would rather get closer to 6x at the higher end. Not a leupold fan for no good reason.
    under stand that a good 4x may give me better resolution than a cheaper 6x.

    so what are you using. and what's available in NZ

    Zane

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    Zero mag red dot with a small 2 moa dot ( holosun, sparc, aimpoint) will get you to 200 piece of piss. Perfect for close cover reactive shooting, no eye relief problems, small wont get tangled in scrub as easy as a scope.
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    Marty agree. I am going a slightly different route with a Rossi 357 L/A and a little old Armson oeg that I had factory refurbished that I might try to match up. Its old enough that it's not d/t'd for a scope mount so have to try that myself or pay to get it done.

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    if you could find an old kasnar 2.5 ,had one on a mini 14 great for snap shooting wish I still had that scope.

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    I have this scope I am going to get rid of.
    I now have a Leupold VXR 1.25-4 x 20 coming that is on a rifle I have just bought

    If you are interest in trying it - I am happy to send it to you
    I am a little suspect about it holding zero - I would be surprised if there is an issue with it because it is a good quality Euro Scope - but it may have an issue.
    If it does have an issue - send it back
    If it does not and you like it - $200 (they about 900NZ new)

    Do the Google thing and study up etc and her is a photo
    Its negative is - it is weighty - extremely solid built and the illumination does not "auto" turn off.
    It works fine without illumination and it is very nice bush scope.

    1.1-4x26 30mm PREMIUM HUNTING SCOPE 4A ILLUMINATED DOT RETICLE - Valdada Optics

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    loopy m8 4x and you will be laughing for years to come...absolutely love mine in bush.
    old girls come up on trademe about one a month.

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    I have a old a Kahles fixed 2.5 power with heavy German number 4 reticle on my .308, but you would have to pry it from my cold dead hands for me to part with it!
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    Thanks Sarvo, I will have a closer look at your offer tomorrow.
    The bomb, for many years I used my Dads 99 with a Hertal & Reuss 2.5 with heavy #2 (post and rail). About 3-4 years back I sent it back for a refurbish as it was getting cloudy. $300 for a polish and re-coat of the lenses. I agrees the best low light action scope I have used. (to qualify this I have not use a good euro scope. Only American brands)

    Been on eBay and looking at the German 1-4's second hand for $500ish.
    Also lots of the vortex strike eagles 1-6 and 1-8 available as well. Are they any good. Vs a 1990's German scope.

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    Check out a Leupold VX III 1.75-6 power. I have one that's been on several rifles over the last 25 odd years (but I' not parting with it). Awesome little scope. Would probably cover your needs.
    Probably a bit more than $500 but with Leupolds warranty you will have it forever.
    Overkill is still dead.

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    My dad does a lot of shooting for a living and has one of these https://www.hawkeoptics.com/frontier...4-l4a-dot.html on his mini 30 which is his skid biter rifle so gets a lot of serious work where the action can be thick and fast he's had a few other setups including a red dot but seems to have settled on this. I'm not sure where he got it from we generally only see Hawke's cheaper clscopes here in NZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmwsm View Post
    Check out a Leupold VX III 1.75-6 power. I have one that's been on several rifles over the last 25 odd years (but I' not parting with it). Awesome little scope. Would probably cover your needs.
    Probably a bit more than $500 but with Leupolds warranty you will have it forever.
    +1. $650 from Taihape Sports last time I asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puffin View Post
    +1. $650 from Taihape Sports last time I asked.
    Well that's annoying. I paid about $800 for mine about 1989.
    Overkill is still dead.

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    I have the Leopold vx2 1.5-4x32 ier. It has a 6” eye relief so if you can mount it forward enough. I have it on a piccatiny rail on a 308. You have both eyes open. Great little light scope. Very fast to use and comes straight on target.

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    I have a brand new (been mounted) VX2 1-4x20 here that I will let you have for $400. Neat little scopes about as light as you can get. PM if interested.

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    Kahles 2-7x36 if you can find one, they don’t make them anymore. There’s also a 2.5-8 conquest on tm, I kn9w conquests don’t have a great rep but for set and forget they would likely be ok.

 

 

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