Best Airgun Scopes 100$-500$ A one eyed boys opinion

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    These are the best ( my opinion) scopes from 100 dollars and up in hundred dollar incriminate s. I have owned a ton of scopes and these are the ones I would personally recommend.
    (1) For 100$ price range to me it’s the Bushnell AR 2-7 with the mildot . Nice clean glass and focuses and tracks well
    (2) 200$ range it’s the Nikon 3-9 efr without a doubt. Cheap turret covers but besides that there is nothing to complain about . For the price , best glass under 200$
    (3) 300$ it’s the SWFA 10 or 12X SS series scopes . Tracking is flawless , cool cross hairs to choose from , and built like a tank . For 300$ it simply can’t be beat .
    (4) for 400 bucks to me and many others it the Leupold 3-9 efr / Leupold VX2 4-12 . Both are excellent glass and worth every penny . The 4-12 focuses down to 25 yards marked on turret but most go to below 20y.
    (5) For 500$ the choices get a little trickier , lot of nice scopes in the price range . But for me personally I’d say the Leupold FX3 in either 8 or 12 power . You can order direct from the custom shop and get the AO set as low as 20 yards and it’s only a 25$ charge ,plus the custom shop shipped for free . If you look thru one you will know why I rank it here …..
    Well thats it . I am sure someone will point out that I dont have any ” Airgun” brands of scopes listed . While this next statement may ruffle some feathers its is something I truly believe in …Airgun Scopes as a group are WAY overpriced for what you get . They target a small group and emphasis is on tricky cross hairs , illuminated reticle , Side focus , and 10yard AO and very little is put on build quality and good lenses .
    The best money spent on optics is in good glass and solid internals . All the bells and whistles in the world wont cover up bad glass . Like I said just my opinion. Jump on in an let’s hear yours :)

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    Jonnes
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    Before I start jabbering about the subject at hand, there’s one tiny remark I’d like to make with regard to the ‘one eyed’ part in the title. One of the ground rules of shooting accurately, is shooting with both eyes open. Every muscle that’s got tension on it, is one too many. So in that respect, you have a definite advantage mate! ;) 

    Now back to the subject! To be honest, the amount of money I’ve spent on scopes, would have allowed me to buy a really good Night Force or excellent Schmidt and Bender scope by now. I’m saving up right now and I’m done with spending money on something that isn’t just quite that. Rifles come and go, but a good piece of glass is there to stay, and never a bad investment.

    Just my two cents. 

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    Major
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    My Nikon 3×9 x 40 efr should be here today…I’ll post a opinion from a starters standpoint.
                                  Maj

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    Marksman3006
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    JonnesRifles come and go, but a good piece of glass is there to stay, and never a bad investment.

    Just my two cents. 

    This is absolutely true hands down. There are alot of good brands out there. SWFA probably has the best bang for your buck on quality scopes. Meopta is another damn good scope that doesnt get talked about much. Some of their scopes close focus to 9 meters.

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    “Marksman3006”

     Some of their scopes close focus to 9 meters.

    
Really? what model, I think I looked at them recently but couldnt find one suitable for airguns. 

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    Jonnes
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    With a high quality dampa mount (like those made by Sports Match UK), you can make basically any scope suitable for springers.

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    Jonnes any Cyclopitic advantage is off set by the fact I’m a retard

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    Goodtogo
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    For my air guns I don’t have much reason to go over $500 for a scope. Not counted lately but I guess I have a dozen rifles with scopes. On the ones that go bang I use Leopold and on some of the air rifles I  use hawke sidewinders. My FWB 300 has a vx-2 3X9X33 rimfire EFR. A couple of reasons I put it on that rifle was it is stamped 10m on the AO adjustment and it is very light with the 33 objective and its a short scope.  Its not hard to pay $800 to stick a Leopold vx3 AO on a varmit rifle.

    In the next months I know I’ll have a wildcat and some flavor of RAW rifle ordered and “maybe” I’ll go overboard on the scopes? But a $3,500 Thomas and a $2,500 scope is not in my future. I like to read about those but I’m not a competitor that needs those last two items. The funny thing for me is having a stack of mounts and scopes that I have used and may use again, and still keep ordering more?  
     

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    I shoot once a month with some pretty serious BR guys with the double throw down scopes. But I just can’t unass that kinda money . I shoot springers so it would be overkill. If I have to have a 2k Night force to compete then I’ll be playing for 2nd place

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    I am opposite of most as I buy the cheapest scopes that function properly. Keep in mind once I zero a scope, I never touch the turrets, so my main requirement is it holds zero.

    The Centerpoint 4-16×40 is still in my mind the best bargain available. $69 from Walmart. Sorry, it is under $100 but should be mentioned as these will hold up on about anything. Glass isn’t the best, but they are Ford tough!!

    For a decent quality scope in the $100- $500 range, I must agree the SWFA is probably the best in my opinion. Though my personal favorites are the BSA Contender series. The BSA airgun line is decent as well, but to me the Contenders are a very over looked scope. I have owned near 20 Contenders and only had one issue which BSA replaced no questions asked. I actually have some old Contenders that had the old rubber finish on them that is coming off. Called BSA and if I simply send them in, they will replace them with brand new scopes. I don’t even have the boxes or receipts anymore as these scopes are 12 years old. That is service in my mind.

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    aurora
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    How does the Athlon Talos 3-12×40 sit on your list? 

    $150 for Low weight, Mil turrets, Side Focus. Looks good on paper.

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    Aurora I had that exact scope. Its a Fair price for the scope , but not as good glass as the Nikon that’s just a slight bit more . But for a mildot scope with the features its a Fair deal . I had a problem with my first Athlon and can say for sure , they stand behind their products .

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    “Marksman3006”

     Some of their scopes close focus to 9 meters.

    
Really? what model, I think I looked at them recently but couldnt find one suitable for airguns. 

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    “JoeWayneRhea”Jonnes any Cyclopitic advantage is off set by the fact I’m a retard

    Hopefully not full retard mate.  😂

    But being normal is boring as hell, so who gives a turd.  ;) 

    Back to the scopes. I think it all depends on what you are trying to do with your rifle. Are you a plinker, no need to go S&B. Are you a precision shooter at long ranges, you might want to consider something more expensive. 

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    Thx for that list mr Pirate. Been looking for one of those.

    Some questions, I looked at Nikons and they have parallax set at 91 meters or 45. Does that really work for airgunning? I very seldom go past 50 meter.

    SWFA no deal in Europe. Not exported out of the US. Leupold yes but no custom shop so most models are set at around 100 meters parallax .

    Meh :[ 

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    The Nikon I’m talking about has an AO that goes down to 10 meters …It the 3-9 Monarch efr . It a very nice scope . http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/en/nikon-products/product/null/prostaff-target-efr.html. Here’s a link to the factory website .

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    Deja
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    Ok thx found it. Was a bit hard to dig out. all other 3-9×40 Nikons are 91m parallax. So better glass than a hawke?

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    Bear in mind it’s just one guys opinion . But yes . The Hawke have some really cool reticles , and nice features , but to my eye the glass is not there . Spend a few days on a Prairie Dog town shooting from dusk till dawn and poor optics jump out at ya . The Nikon isnt like ” world class” or anything ….But it Damn Nice for 200$ !

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    K yea I have Hawke 3-9×40 vantage on my hw30s and my first thought on that one was, man this feels abit dark and cramped. Once I figure out what my new “winter indoor” gun will be I just might give that nikon a go. tbh my older Hawke 3-9×40 ev has better glass than the newer vantage. 

     

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    Yeah I don’t like slamming anyone elses gear , but a lot of the scopes the guys on the airgun forums are real high on just aren’t that nice to me . But like I said , my opinion is no better than anyone elses . But for every pretty nice affordable scope ( regardless of what that means to you ) there are a lot of junk scopes loaded with gee-whiz type features

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