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i just purchased a new 1895g 45-70 for deer hunting in ohio. i'm new to this gun as i always used slug guns. i bought hornady leverevolution ammo for it. 325gr. i would like some advice on a scope for it. i have about a 300 budget for a scope and mounts. i have a bushnell 1.75-4 on one of my slug guns with the circle ret that i really like. i also had a leupold 2-7x33 on my other slug gun(that i sold) that i liked also, but i never seemed to take the scope over 4 power. majority of my shots will be under a 100, with the occasional long shot if everthing is right. so any tips for a scope, mounts, and ring heights would be greatly appreciated.
thanks, brian
 

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Consider the Vortex Diamondback V 1.75-5x 32. Optics are outstanding for this price range. There is an available dead hold BDC reticle for an extra $10. Use low rings. I love mine. Optics equal or better than Leupold VXII.
 

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I am partial to the Leupold or Burris steel mounts and rings but the WEAVERS have also served ne well over the years.
Leupold, Weaver, Burris< Bushnell, redfield all have suitable scopes, based on your preference.
don't rule out the scopes over 4 power just yet, as you get older you will need them and then have to replace them with higher magnification (been thru that drill, because when I weas in my 20's and 30's, I did not need anything above 4x, now in my 50's, that 7 and 9 power comes in handy
 

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don't rule out the scopes over 4 power just yet, as you get older you will need them and then have to replace them with higher magnification (been thru that drill, because when I weas in my 20's and 30's, I did not need anything above 4x, now in my 50's, that 7 and 9 power comes in handy
that's some good advice, i haven't found the need to take the scope over 4x yet, but i am 44, and i now need reading glasses.:)
 

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Consider the Vortex Diamondback V 1.75-5x 32. Optics are outstanding for this price range. There is an available dead hold BDC reticle for an extra $10. Use low rings. I love mine. Optics equal or better than Leupold VXII.
thanks, i'll look into that scope.
 

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Just don't get raised rings trying to save using iron sights. I tried that and could not get the crosshairs to bore line. And welcome to the forum Hopin. You will always find very nice and helpful people on this forum.
 
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Just don't get raised rings trying to save using iron sights. I tried that and could not get the crosshairs to bore line. And welcome to the forum Hopin. You will always find very nice and helpful people on this forum.
i have no interest in see thru rings, i tried that once, won't do it again. looking for what would be best for this gun from people that have expierence with it.
 

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I'm also a fan of the Bushnell circle-x scopes. I would say go with the same as on your shotgun. You are used to it and that makes things simpler. The circle-x is quick on game.
 

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that's some good advice, i haven't found the need to take the scope over 4x yet, but i am 44, and i now need reading glasses.:)
that is exactly how I got my start on need higher magnification and about the time I reached my mid to late 40's (LOL)
 

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Leupold, Burris steel bases and rings as mentioned. Also check out DNZ one piece mounts, made from aluminum and very strong, usefull when weight reduction is a goal. Difference between field of view between a 1.75X or 2X compared to the advantage of 7X over 4x, cause me to lean toward 2x7 for a general purpose rig, or 1.75x 5 for a dedicated brush rig. Either one will balance the rifle nicely. As mentioned, try to keep the mounts on the low side, using the hammer extension if needed or by preference.
 
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I have the DNZ medium mount with the Weaver V3 1-3x20. It works great and the DNZ med will go over a ghost ring with no bore alignment issues. For rings, I wouldn't go any lower than a Leupold medium.
 

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I have a 2.5-10 Burris on the '06
A 70s vintage Redfield "Widefield" 2-7 on the FAL
and just bought another 70s Redfield "Widefield" 2-7 for an AR build I'm doing in 7.62x39 off fleabay (perfect condition)

Now I'm researching rings, which brought me by here
 

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I don't care for the circle ret. myself, just too much stuff in the way of my view for me.

I put a Nikon Prostaff 2-7x32 on both my 1894 44 mag and my 1895GS recently for my hunting in wooded hills of SE Ohio. While my shots are rarely over 60 yds where I hunt I like having the 7x available for distinguishing antlered from antlerless deer. Per Ohio regs. anything over 3 inches = antlered deer and 3 to 5 or 6 inch, even larger antlers can be difficult to see in low light or bright light with shadows or glare. The ears can blend in with small antlers and hide them.

I have hunted with 1.5-4.5x scopes but went to 2-7x a long time ago even on my slug guns for the reasons given. I dont like a 3-9x much because the 3x can be too much on very close deer in the woods for me. That is why I settled on a 2x-7x. I still have a few deer guns sporting 3-9x scopes but I usually keep my 2-7x on 2 or 2.5 while on the stand in my hunting spot and zoom up for a better look at deer that are farther away if I have the time or need.
 

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any thoughts on the new redfield revolution 2x7x33. they have one with a circle ret. that i like.
I think that after the vintage that I have were made, Redfield got bought out and is now different in quality than they were then.
I have not used a modern Redfield, just the older ones.
 

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any thoughts on the new redfield revolution 2x7x33. they have one with a circle ret. that i like.
I recently escaped from the pain of scope hunting! I spent HOURS doing the research and the "new" Redfields are made overseas but backed and owned by Leupold. Most Leupolds are made in USA and I chose a VX-1 2-7 for my 45-70. In the future if I ever decide to change the reticale I can send it back to Leupold and have it done.

The issues that tipped the scales for me going to Leupold were the comments/reviews. Everyone seems to either compare to Leupold ar comment they wish for one, or have changed to one. It does not hurt that I have a nice Leupold 6-18 on my Rock River AR platform so I have experience.

Compare to cost of the scopes. Not the initial cost but do the math and over a longer period of time the upper end scopes are only a few cents a week more money......... makes the higher end scopes worth the wait to save up some extra coin instead of settling on what you can afford.
 
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I was content with my cheap ( and I do mean cheap ) scopes till I tried to shoot good groups ( like some I saw in hunting magazines ) then my shooting friend from work let me shoot his deer rifle with a Leupold 3.5x10 AO.
I said " well this is just great, you just cost me 219 bucks" if was several years ago , and I NEVER regretted it ( or sold it )
They do cost a bit more, but I like the clarity , and the finer crosshairs. I've never had to send one back but I've heard good things about their customer service. I do wish they were cheaper, but then again I wish guns were made like they were 30 yrs ago
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