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#3143504 - 04/05/18 11:38 PM Scope recommendations
TysonG Offline
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Registered: 03/26/18
Posts: 3
Loc: TX
First post!

Just joined the forum. Iíve got a Savage 25-06 that Iím wanting to put a new scope on. It will primarily serve as a coyote slayer (hopefully) but will also double as a deer gun. I am looking in the $300 or less price range. I thought I had narrowed it down to the Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-12 but read some not so positive reviews on here.

Any recommendations for something that would be a good all around scope?

I have some unused Cabelas gift cards so something that Cabelas carries would be great

Thanks so much!

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#3143512 - 04/06/18 01:29 AM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: TysonG]
Catdog1 Offline
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Registered: 02/17/16
Posts: 569
Loc: Prarie ghost
Put a tad bit more on ur budget and get a basic Leupold VX3i 3.5-10x40. Great glass, great warranty. It will be a scope that will last you a life time and has a great resale value

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#3143521 - 04/06/18 08:06 AM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: TysonG]
000shock Offline
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Registered: 01/14/17
Posts: 114
Loc: Dickinson, ND
I was considering the covenant line from cabelas not long ago myself. Fairly new, but the reviews i have read have been good for the price point. I decided to go with an athlon argos btr though, for the illum reticle and they have been around longer. Idk if cabelas carries them or not, but athlon might be another line to fit your bill. Ill be using it for prairie dogs up to coyotes.

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#3143522 - 04/06/18 08:12 AM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: TysonG]
gr8fuldoug Offline
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Registered: 08/13/12
Posts: 1133
Loc: NY, USA
Welcome to the forum.
We have had excellent feedback on the Athlons. The Argos BTR is a lot of scope for the low price. As a long standing supporting vendor here it would be our pleasure to discuss options with you, please feel free to give us a call, 516-217-1000

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#3143547 - 04/06/18 11:16 AM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: TysonG]
TysonG Offline
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Registered: 03/26/18
Posts: 3
Loc: TX
Thanks for the recommendations. Iíll research the Athlon. Unfortunately for this purchase Iíll be forced to use the cabelas gift cards. Ive got enough to cover the scope and mounts. Next time I will def look at cameraland...

Thanks again

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#3143549 - 04/06/18 11:22 AM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: TysonG]
gr8fuldoug Offline
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Registered: 08/13/12
Posts: 1133
Loc: NY, USA
Originally Posted By: TysonG
Thanks for the recommendations. Iíll research the Athlon. Unfortunately for this purchase Iíll be forced to use the cabelas gift cards. Ive got enough to cover the scope and mounts. Next time I will def look at cameraland...

Thanks again


We are still more than happy to discuss optics with you so you're comfortable with your decision on what to get

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#3143554 - 04/06/18 11:40 AM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: Catdog1]
McGraw Offline
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Registered: 03/17/17
Posts: 343
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Catdog1
Put a tad bit more on ur budget and get a basic Leupold VX3i 3.5-10x40. Great glass, great warranty. It will be a scope that will last you a life time and has a great resale value

This^^^ great scope with no regrets. Also recommended are lightweight Talley low mounts, this would make a great setup for your Savage.

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#3143580 - 04/06/18 01:50 PM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: gr8fuldoug]
Nonnieselman Offline
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Registered: 12/01/10
Posts: 638
Loc: CS, MS
Originally Posted By: gr8fuldoug
Originally Posted By: TysonG
Thanks for the recommendations. Iíll research the Athlon. Unfortunately for this purchase Iíll be forced to use the cabelas gift cards. Ive got enough to cover the scope and mounts. Next time I will def look at cameraland...

Thanks again


We are still more than happy to discuss optics with you so you're comfortable with your decision on what to get



Thats some service right there!! Knowing your not going to buy from them but still offering to help you make a decision so your happy.. Thats good stuff right there!!

Ive been using a couple Bushnell Engage 2.5-10x44 scopes and love them. They were on sale for $230? and got 30% off mail in rebates from bushnell.

Ive got one on a 6x6.8SPC and another on 223.

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#3143632 - 04/06/18 07:18 PM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: TysonG]
Ghilliedup2 Offline
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Registered: 12/14/17
Posts: 173
Loc: So IL
For a deer/coyote rifle I see no real "need" to go over 10x on the high end. Although. I'd stay at 4or lower on the bottom and get the best glass you can afford. And personally I'd skip any tacticalness as it usually just increases weight and price and has little real use for hunting...that said the Vortex Diamondback hp 3-12x42 should be close to your budget
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#3145542 - 04/19/18 12:15 PM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: TysonG]
willy1947 Offline
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Registered: 11/20/11
Posts: 3188
Loc: Ohio, Ohio



First what are you going to shoot???
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#3145574 - 04/19/18 04:37 PM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: willy1947]
000shock Offline
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Registered: 01/14/17
Posts: 114
Loc: Dickinson, ND
Originally Posted By: willy1947
First what are you going to shoot???
I want to see him try and shoot something other than bullets!

Sorry...i had to be the one. Couldnt help myself!

Im guessing your talking about what load maybe. That info might be helpful i suppose. He did say above it was going to be primarily a coyote rifle and sometimes for deer also. Pretty overkill for yotes unless you dont mind a softball out the back of em, but if its just to be rid of them there is no such thing as too much rifle!

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#3145657 - 04/20/18 10:02 AM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: TysonG]
SnowmanMo Offline
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 3571
Loc: Phoenix, Az
I run a Nikon 4-12x40 Coyote special on my .308 AR and I have gotten NO complaints from the coyotes that I have dropped. Clear on out to over 400 yards. Clear, easy to use, fast. The only downside, is not being able to go beyond the reticle's subtensions. If you need to do that, then you might look at something with a mil-dot.

I have a Millet 4-16x50mm that I run on my 6.5 Grendel for night hunting and a Nikon 4.5-18 on a 6.5 Creedmoor for going out a ways.
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#3147289 - 05/02/18 11:26 PM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: TysonG]
TysonG Offline
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Registered: 03/26/18
Posts: 3
Loc: TX
Ended up getting the vortex Diamondback HP 3-12. Took it out and it did itís job. Shot several coyotes

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#3157939 - 08/07/18 11:13 AM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: TysonG]
wilsoncs3980 Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 12/19/06
Posts: 97
Loc: Dayton,Ohio
Just an FYI, I just bought an Athlon Cronus BTR 4.5-29x56 from Doug at Cameraland. Great company to work with. The Athlon Cronus is an amazing optic. Just got it mounted on my 6.5 last night. Will be headed to the range on Saturday. The glass in this scope is ridiculous for the price range.

Since the OP is limited to buying at Cabela's. I have heard good things about the Cabela's Covenant scopes. If not the Cabela's branded scope look at the Nikons.

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#3157954 - 08/07/18 01:19 PM Re: Scope recommendations [Re: TysonG]
TripleDeuce660 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 11/10/08
Posts: 2913
Loc: Las Vegas Nevada
Go used. A Bushnell 4200 2.5-10 will hold its own next to any scope in the 500 dollar range and you can get one for 200 or so if you are patient. Great FOV for calling and enough scope to reach out a little further when needed. I like the 10x for jack rabbits and 2.5x for predators. I basically never buy new anymore. Shooters are a fickle bunch. You can find scopes that have never been mounted or used just once or twice for half the cost of a new one. Many will still have their lifetime warranty, so not much risk.
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