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Re: Cheap scopes
« Reply #20 on: March 13, 2021, 08:34:58 PM »
I use these little 3X7X20 Tasco's on my plastic airguns, they're $18 and work out to 50 yds. great. Got em on a few Daisy's and China guns, light, pretty clear, and accurate for these guys.
I need to get a couple of those.  They would look good on my vintage pumpers.  I don’t use them beyond 30 yards anyway.  I recently acquired a 3-9X32 Hawke Vantage for $109 from PA.  A really nice piece of glass.  I have it on top of myXS60C.  Last week I was smacking golf balls at 60 yards with it.  I have two UTG scopes that I love and a Hammers that just keeps on running no matter what magnum springer I put it on.
I agree with JimD, I’ll be making the Hawke the base line for future scopes.
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Re: Cheap scopes
« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2021, 02:15:01 AM »
You like the Hawke 2-7x32 then the Barska version half that price looks almost like same scope to me side by side I have both.
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Re: Cheap scopes
« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2021, 02:21:12 AM »
Best bang 4 the buck in sheer clarity scopes-

$58-$104 Centerpoint 3-12x44 PLT BDC 30mm side focus.

$99 Simmons Aetec Side Focus 3-12x44.

$180 - $229 Aim Sports Alpha6 4.5-27x50 extremely clear for under $1200 price scope yup compared to other under $1200 well known popular overpriced scopes that are made in China very hard to bat it's eye friendliness under $1200.

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Re: Cheap scopes
« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2021, 09:42:01 PM »
I consider a "cheap" scope to be under $100.00. That said, I just picked up a Center Point 6-20x50mm TAC scope from Fleet Farm for $99.00 and I sure am impressed with it

I have german glass on all my PB's, nothing under 1k but I just cant take any of them afield without being paranoid!

The CP is perfect for field use since it's clear all the way to x20 and everything turns well without sticking like all the bargain basement junk.

As a bonus, it will focus at 10m at x20 magnification so I can see those tiny targets!
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« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2021, 03:10:57 PM »
I consider a "cheap" scope to be under $100.00. That said, I just picked up a Center Point 6-20x50mm TAC scope from Fleet Farm for $99.00 and I sure am impressed with it

I have german glass on all my PB's, nothing under 1k but I just cant take any of them afield without being paranoid!

The CP is perfect for field use since it's clear all the way to x20 and everything turns well without sticking like all the bargain basement junk.

As a bonus, it will focus at 10m at x20 magnification so I can see those tiny targets!
David for the price those are fantastic scopes ,also the 4x16x40  works very good like the 1 you have ... I have a bunch of these scopes on guns they have never let me down  , CP also has a glass etched retical 3x12x44 with locker's that I really like also , you can get them at some of the walmart's  just like the other's ...
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Re: Cheap scopes
« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2021, 03:48:49 PM »
I consider a "cheap" scope to be under $100.00. That said, I just picked up a Center Point 6-20x50mm TAC scope from Fleet Farm for $99.00 and I sure am impressed with it

I have german glass on all my PB's, nothing under 1k but I just cant take any of them afield without being paranoid!

The CP is perfect for field use since it's clear all the way to x20 and everything turns well without sticking like all the bargain basement junk.

As a bonus, it will focus at 10m at x20 magnification so I can see those tiny targets!
David for the price those are fantastic scopes ,also the 4x16x40  works very good like the 1 you have ... I have a bunch of these scopes on guns they have never let me down  , CP also has a glass etched retical 3x12x44 with locker's that I really like also , you can get them at some of the walmart's  just like the other's ...
I’ve got one of their older 4-16X40 scopes and it is a brute.  It has survived two hunting seasons on top of my Hatsan 125.
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Re: Cheap scopes
« Reply #26 on: April 13, 2021, 07:30:27 PM »
I consider a "cheap" scope to be under $100.00. That said, I just picked up a Center Point 6-20x50mm TAC scope from Fleet Farm for $99.00 and I sure am impressed with it

I have german glass on all my PB's, nothing under 1k but I just cant take any of them afield without being paranoid!

The CP is perfect for field use since it's clear all the way to x20 and everything turns well without sticking like all the bargain basement junk.

As a bonus, it will focus at 10m at x20 magnification so I can see those tiny targets!
David for the price those are fantastic scopes ,also the 4x16x40  works very good like the 1 you have ... I have a bunch of these scopes on guns they have never let me down  , CP also has a glass etched retical 3x12x44 with locker's that I really like also , you can get them at some of the walmart's  just like the other's ...

I really struggled with my purchase, my experience with CenterPoint scopes has been absolutely horrible! The last one I got came with my Benjamin Prowler, a complete piece of &^^&! If it weren't for you guys encouraging me, I would never have taken the chance on a Center Point.
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« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2021, 08:19:50 PM »
The CP that comes with the Prowler is super cheap.  They market much better scopes.  My 4-16X40 was about $80 at Walmart eight years ago.  It has lived on a couple of magnum springers and spent some range time atop my FAL.  Right now it’s on my Hatsan 125 and doing fine.  But I do have to remember to check the fiddly little screws on the turrets for tightness frequently.  The IR even works though I don’t use it.
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« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2021, 09:41:24 AM »
Just got the 6x20x50 really impressed with it, besides the fact  need to come up with some extra high scope rings because of clearance issues on my Vectis. I forgot to mention I have 4 of the 4x16s on other rifles all springer no problems. Just put my oldest on my Swarm Mag Gen 2 and its a thumper. I have about 700 rounds thru it now no problems. While I am here any ideas on extra high rings would be appreciated.   Mike
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« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2021, 01:17:09 PM »
Just got the 6x20x50 really impressed with it, besides the fact  need to come up with some extra high scope rings because of clearance issues on my Vectis. I forgot to mention I have 4 of the 4x16s on other rifles all springer no problems. Just put my oldest on my Swarm Mag Gen 2 and its a thumper. I have about 700 rounds thru it now no problems. While I am here any ideas on extra high rings would be appreciated.   Mike
You could add a dovetail to picatinny rail adapter and then a higher picatinny ring.  The stock adaptor that came on my RIM adds about 1/2” to the height.  Even medium height rings work with my 40 mm scope.
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« Reply #30 on: April 15, 2021, 01:23:41 PM »
Just for giggles what is the cheapest scope to go on a expensive gun. Mine isn't,t a real expensive gun to most but to me it was. HW 95 and a Barska 3x12x40 AO. Shoots scary accurate.    Mike

To me, it doesn't matter how cheap it is as long as it works. I have a few Leapers/ UTG scopes that were inexpensive, and they work great, have a clear sight "picture", and hold up well.
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« Reply #31 on: April 15, 2021, 11:56:50 PM »
I tried the $29.99 Amazon Tasco 2.5-10x42 and $45 Amazon CV Life 6-24x50 illuminated they are OK scopes for the money in fact I tried them on springers like an R7 (HW30s) still going.

The Centerpoint 30mm 3-12x44 PLT BDC SFP $59 refurb Wing Supply-Field Supply or $104 Wal-Mart online is the next level of wow factor which should be the MINIMUM acceptable glass everyone should expect followed by the Alpha6 minimal acceptable glass for ANY scope costing more than $200 regardless of brand compared to other scopes up to $1000 - $1200 price point.
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« Reply #32 on: April 16, 2021, 12:13:39 AM »
Gonna share a little secret there's this seller Supcase on EBay selling Barra scopes they are FANTASTIC discontinued scopes selling for dirt cheap about 25 - 30 cents on the dollar without factory support and bought a bunch and they compare to the SWFA SS JAPAN made $699 scopes in glass for dirt cheap.

Offer 30% off his selling price and depending on his daily mood he may likely accept it. Never pay asking price when there's MAKE OFFER post on on EBay. Counter with a little higher offer if he doesn't take the first offer don't lowball otherwise he won't play ball with you so 30% is fine.

I bought the Japan made Barra Hero FT 5-25x50 ($999.99 retail) for $200 shipped while others who caught him in a better mood paid $150 and $175 shipped. This scope is clearer than the $1499 Element Nexus.

There's the Barra H30 made in China (mostly everything's made in China even Athlon $1199 Ares ETR and $1000+ Hawke Frontiers and even the $200 Alpha6 with comparable glass) and the 4-16x50 30mm side focus was $189.99 at Optics Planet I originally bought one from there $225 shipped after tax then saw it for $120 from Supcase over on EBay offered $80 he took it it's as clear as my $699 SWFA SS 3-15x42.

I bought couple of the H50 Japan scopes and they are clearer than my SWFA SS and  almost as clear as my Nightforce SHV paid $200 - $225 offer he accepted.

There's others still available and you won't find anything in this price point that's remotely as nice.

I'd stick with the Japan H50 and Chona H30.
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Re: Cheap scopes
« Reply #33 on: April 16, 2021, 12:26:08 AM »
Honestly and in all seriousness if you can overcome the $100 mental hurdle you would be surprised to find diamonds in the rough that punch WAY WAY WAY above their price points.

Example when you pay $29.99 for a $79.99 Tasco you still getting a $79 99 scope. Or $45 for a CV Life still a $45 scope. Or $59 or $104 for a $150 Centerpoint.

Once you get into the $125 to $210 price range  you get scopes that are at least 5x better by paying double your intended budget. So getting 5x better paying 2x the budget sounds rather reasonable to me.

You are talking opening up to the next level that natters especially when you get the hook ups for the cherry picked deals

I'd rather pay $150 for a $1000 scope than $100 for a $150 scope if this makes any sense to any of you at all.

Better yet I would rather pay $209 for a $393 scope than $799 for a $799 scope that isn't as clear as the $393 scope I paid $209 for even if I had the money to throw away.



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