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Hello all,

I've recently picked up a Tikka T3 CTR in .308 Win. I have a shooting range near me with a 1,000 yard range and I'm looking for a nice scope to get me out to 1,000 yards on my rifle. My budget limit is right around $1,600 ± $100 for a scope. I feel like that can afford me a pretty wide range of optics.

My criteria is a bit broad but the options I consider to be necessity is that the scope be FFP and have matching turrets and reticles. I'd prefer to keep the high end magnification between 12 and 20 power.

In my introductory post in the rifle section, somebody recommended the Leupold Mark 4 (4-14 or 6.5-20) as a good option. Both can be found on EuroOptic right now in the Mil/Mil configuration for well below my price range ($1,279 - $1,359) with the Mil Dot and TMR reticles.
I've heard the Vortex PSTs compare favorably for about the same price and come with very similar features as the Mark 4s.

What are some other scopes that I should consider in my price range?
 

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Don't limit your top end to 20 power. You can always turn down a scope that has a higher magnification.

The Burris XTRii is a favorite in that price range. Leupold makes a nice product, I just think they're over priced for what you get when compared to other scopes in the same price range.
 

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A used Nightforce NXS should fit the bill. but agree with NorCalFocus, Don't limit magnification to 20X
In your price range, would recommend a Nightforce 12-42 x 56 BR available for around $1428 new, can also recommend Sightron S-III 10-50X60 and Vortex Golden Eagle.
 

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Okay, something else I guess I should have mentioned is that this rifle is not solely intended for ringing plates or punching paper. I would also like to be able to take it hog hunting (plenty of that nearby) or engage in some of the shorter range competitions (sub-500 yards) at the range. As a result I would really rather avoid a scope with a high lower-end magnification. Having a good field of vision is important to what I'm looking for. For that reason, I'm looking for lower magnification scopes (let's say a maximum of 25 power).

Thanks for y'all's replies!
 

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If you are a veteran then you can get a Vortex Razor HD Gen ii in 3-18x50 around your budget through their discount program. One HELL of a good optic at that price point.

If you aren't a veteran then I don't have enough experience with optics in that specific price range.


Do you have an idea on what is the maximum low end power you're interested in?
 

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Okay, something else I guess I should have mentioned is that this rifle is not solely intended for ringing plates or punching paper. I would also like to be able to take it hog hunting (plenty of that nearby) or engage in some of the shorter range competitions (sub-500 yards) at the range. As a result I would really rather avoid a scope with a high lower-end magnification. Having a good field of vision is important to what I'm looking for. For that reason, I'm looking for lower magnification scopes (let's say a maximum of 25 power).!
If you are using it for hog or bear hunting too high a low magnification on your scope can severely limit you due to limtied field of view. Check out this aspect beforehand.
Even a 6x scope can be an issue if game is close in. I agree that it is great to have higher magnification for long shots, but I would not actively hunt with a 6x-24x scope set at anywhere but the low power for example.

When I worked for British Columbia Fish and Wildlife Branch I had a wounded grizzly appear at 10 yards away and the 6x scope was of no use at all. Am still here but think about it once in awhile.
 

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I've got a PST 6-24x50 Mil/Mil on my CTR which I use for hunting too. Haven't shot any game with it at less than 70 yards though.
 

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Since you want to potentially hunt with it I would offer the Burris XTR 2 SCR(moa or mil) 5x25. It's a great long range scope with all the features I love but almost a third less weight then the Vortex gen 2 razor. Burris glass is very slightly less quality then the Vortex but It's the exact set up I use on my "long range AR build". Got a smokin deal from the Burris Military program.
 

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Burris xtr ii glass is much better then vortex Line its not until you get to the vortex razor series that i would say the vortex has slightly better glass . Its like the the razor series not made by the same people its totally different then the other vortex scopes including the pst
 

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The razor series is made (mostly) in Japan, the others are in the Philippines, and China maybe I dunno for sure.

The AMG is made in the US glass included.


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Burris xtr ii glass is much better then vortex Line its not until you get to the vortex razor series that i would say the vortex has slightly better glass . Its like the the razor series not made by the same people its totally different then the other vortex scopes including the pst
That is why I suggested it as an alternative to the Razor where the only thing I think that is better on the Razor is the Glass and color. But $ for $ the XTR 2 cant be beat IMHO.
 
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