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Old 11-20-2006, 09:24 AM   #1
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Is there a decent scope for under $150.00??

Im looking to rescope my Mini-14 .223 Ranch Rifle. I do not want to spend a whole lot on it (its not the most accurate rifle anyway). Do you have any suggestions on a budget 3-9 x 40???
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:26 AM   #2
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Nikon has one advertised in the Academy paper 3x9x40 for $149.00....I dont own a Nikon scope but their b-noks are great
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:30 AM   #3
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There are a lot of scopes for under $150.00 that will work very nicely on a .223. It doesn't have the recoil shock the big calibers do, so even scopes made by BSA will work. I have a BSA 6-24X50 Mil Dot Target model on my 17HMR and so glad I got it. It is a great scope for that rifle. Would put it on my 300WSM, but I'm not worried about the low recoil of the 17HMR.
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:31 AM   #4
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I like that Simmons Pro Hunter...
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:44 AM   #5
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Ranch Rifle

1. How bout a used Leupold. They have a lifetime guarantee and there are always some available at gun shows. Since everybody is wanting huge objectives and matte finish, I notice that gloss finish 3.5 x 10 x 42 are very available.

2. On accuracy. You can send the trigger assembly to www.greatwestgunsmithing.com and for about 50 bucks they will take the trigger from the factory 5.5 lbs to a little over 3 lbs.
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:44 AM   #6
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Mini 14

I have owned Mini-14's for 30 years and the biggest problem about scope is the mounts. Most of the older models have to use a B-square scope mount. These will lossen up after a while. It is hard to keep the scope zeroed in. Are the newer models drilled and tapped? If not you would be better off getting a peep sightto replace the factory v-notch rear sight. Mini-14's aren't usually accurate for very long distances for most parts.
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I have owned Mini-14's for 30 years and the biggest problem about scope is the mounts. Most of the older models have to use a B-square scope mount. These will lossen up after a while. It is hard to keep the scope zeroed in. Are the newer models drilled and tapped? If not you would be better off getting a peep sightto replace the factory v-notch rear sight. Mini-14's aren't usually accurate for very long distances for most parts.
Im gonna upgrade to higher quality scope rings, hopefully it will help out the problem you mention.
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I bought a BSA air rifle specific scope and haven't been tremendously impressed, but I also got screwed on the scope from a local gun dealer...I should have done my homework first.

I think a simmons might be a good bet, like some others have said here. I've had a simmons 3-10X44 on a .243 for 12 years or so, and it's been a good scope, especially for the price, which was around $135.
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Old 11-20-2006, 10:17 AM   #9
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I bought a Bushnell cheapo scope (3x9) at Academy and mounted it to my Marlin 30/30 (which has some kick). It has been accurate (I haven't had to re-tighten and the crosshairs haven't moved around). The scope costs a whopping $28.
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Old 11-20-2006, 10:37 AM   #10
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When I am looking for something like that I usually check SWFA's Sample List. I picked up a decent scope for my daughter there. Be sure to shop around, because some people say they can buy new for less than the Sample List price. That has not been my experience, but I have not tried all of the retailers. There is another post down the board about looking for a specific Leupold. Many retailers are mentioned including The Optic Zone and Bear Basin. I have never purchased from them but they seem to enjoy a good reputation. If you are careful there is always eBay.
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