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    Rifle scope choice

    Hey good people, I was wondering about which rifle scope to purchase, I'm very keen to buy one, but as always there's a little bit of 'risk' involved. Meaning, if it's what I was hoping for and does it meet common hunting standards etc... Any thoughts about the Bushnell FFP BTR-1 rifle scope?. It seems to get good specs from a lot of reviewers and it's a top choice rifle scope according to this article: https://www.pointoptics.com/best-rifle-scopes/.

    Also let me know what you use please Thx!
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    Your scope choice depends on the type of rifle being used and what will you be using the rifle for--type of hunting/type of target shooting/possible competition shooting?
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    What he said ^^^^, it depends.

    and something to add, WELCOME TO MARLIN OWNERS!
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    Welcome to the forum from Kansas. I have a Redfield 2x7 on a 336 my other 2 Marlins levers have iron sights. The Redfield fits my needs as an all round scope, fast both eyes open shooting with the 2 power and enough magnification at 7 power to test different loads for accuracy.
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    Welcome! Scopes are a personal choice. I have some fixed and some variable, depending on use. Good luck in your search.
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    "Which scope" discussions run alongside Ford-vs-Chevy, it's all personal preference, reasons for intended use, budget, and so forth.
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    Buy the best you can afford and still have ammo $$$

    I prefer a mid range scope, cost wise, this gives you the best "bang for the buck" in my opinion.

    The scope for me is the Nikon Prostaff. You can find a model to fit most budgets and these carry EXCELLENT glass for the cost. Very nice in low light conditions too. I prefer the 50mm objective on big game rifles, and 40mm objective in rimfire's / Black Rifles. The Prostaff model is a step up from the regular Nikon, make sure the sales ad lists it as a "prostaff".

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    Welcome to the forums! As posted above, you don't list what your uses for the scope will be or the rifle you intend to mount it on. The scope you listed is decent but certainly wouldn't be my first choice for a lever action, if that's what your putting it on. That is of course personal preference, like the Chevy vs Ford vs Ram analogy posted above. Your choice is more suited for an AR platform rifle but it could be mounted on anything you desire. I have always been partial to Leupolds and Nikons, and both offer something for most budgets. I have owned Burris and still have a few and have no complaints. Also have a few Vortex but not as happy with those. If you have the option of checking one out at a local shop or big box store I would recommend that first.

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    Guess I have scopes from several well known companies so here goes: All scopes 3x9X unless otherwise noted.
    Leupold has a very good warrantee service. You break it, they fix it.
    I've had three Leupolds on heavy kicking rifles and they hold up fairly well. I've had three turn toes up, two at the range and one on a hunt. Weird Kind of a deal as I held on an elk's chest at 350 yards and knew I called the shot right on. Elk went down DRT. Pure unadulterated luck. Imagine the shock when we found the bullet had hit the base of the skull breaking the neck. Sent it back and it came back good as new.

    Burris Fullfield II. I have couple of those mounted on rifles, one of them replacing he Leupold that was on my .35 Whelen that died on the elk hunt. It's been on three elks hunts now and seems to be holding up quite nicely. I have then on a custom .280 Remington and custom 30-06.

    Minox 2.5x10X. I don't know how this one will hold up. Haven't mounted it on a rifle yet. Probably will put it on a Winchester M70 replacing a Leupold 2x7X or a custom Mauser in 7x57 if I ever figure out why it gives high pressure signs well before the M70.

    Some of the scopes I have are from companies no longer in business. The Original Redfields and a couple of Tascos.

    I have a Nikon Buckmaster on a .270 and it's held up just fine.

    Burris, Leupold and Nikon all tout lifetime warrantees on their scopes with repair or replacement. I know Leupold's is good and I would imagine Burris and Nikon warrantees will be just as good. I have yet to see if they are. Frankly, and I have this from a good source who considers the Burris Fullfield II do be an excellent buy. Based on the two I have mounted on my rifles, he just may be right. He thought that the brightness was just as good as a certain European scope that cost 10 time the price and he said it in print. I'll probably buy another one from Burris based on his opinion and won't look back.
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    I have a 3-9x40 Bushnell Bone Collector on mine. I just had it laying around and it fit the bill at the time. Its been a pretty decent scope I must say...and in the mid-range for pricing. (I bought it used for $60...regularly ~$130) I deer hunt with my 336 35 Rem if it makes any difference.

    [EDIT] - I just looked...its a discontinued model...but Ebay still has some brand new for $80.

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